Drue Heinz

Am very sad and sorry to hear the news of the death of Drue Heinz, one of the Royal Academy’s longest standing and most exceptionally generous Trustees; but she wasn’t only generous to the Royal Academy, but also to the National Portrait Gallery, which is where I first got to know her and where every year she hosted the Hawthornden Prize, whose choice of winner – conservative, literary – was close to her heart. And to the London Library and many other causes internationally. Every year she would ring up on my birthday. I thought she was immortal and she sometimes seemed it.


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