Ashmolean get £5.9m grant

The Ashmolean has received a £5.9 million grant as part of its campaign to buy a Manet painting.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has supported the Museum’s attempt to purchase the French painter’s 1868 painting ‘Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus’ for £7.8 million.

The museum now needs to raise a further £908,000 by 7th August.

Since February, the museum received £750,000 from The Art Fund charity, and £200,000 from friends of the museum.

The portrait is currently subject to a temporary export ban imposed by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey in December 2011. It has been in the hands of the family of American artist John Singer Sargent since 1884, who had found a potential buyer for over £28 million.

The museum has launched its campaign, “Save Manet for the Public”, in February of this year and is asking individuals to donate or sign their petition.