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Image caption The redevelopment of the National Portrait Gallery is due to be finished in 2023. A £1m donation to the National Portrait Gallery has been withdrawn because the potential donors are caught up in the US opioid crisis. The Sackler Trust, run by the family that owns Purdue Pharma, seller of prescription painkiller OxyContin, said the donation might "deflect" the gallery from its important work. The Sackler family has "vigorously denied" the allegations against it. The National Portrait Gallery said it supported the family's decision. The Sackler Trust offered the money in 2016 to go towards the gallery's £35.5m redevelopment. The gallery had been mulling over whether to accept it. In a joint statement , the Sackler Trust and the National Portrait Gallery said they had "jointly agreed not to proceed at this time" with the donati... Full story

20 March