A bid to buy an iconic 16th Century portrait of the English poet John Donne has received a £750,000 boost.The portrait - created in about 1595 by an unknown painter - has been the subject of a major National Portrait Gallery appeal since January.The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) has given the appeal £750,000, taking the total raised to date to £1,283,943.The rest of the money must be raised by June to reach the £1.4m target.The painting, regarded as the most important painting of Donne, has been privately owned for 400 years.The artist behind the portrait is not known but it was bequeathed to an ancestor of the current owner in Donne's will. [...]
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