The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has succeeded in buying Edouard Manet’s portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, regarded as a key impressionist work, after raising £7.83m in eight months, including £5.9m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and hundreds of donations from the public ranging from £1.50 to £10,000.

In gratitude, the museum will send the painting on a national tour next year.

If the appeal had failed, the painting would have left Britain, after being sold at auction last year for a record £28.5m – the difference in price represents the tax breaks for works of art going to British museum collections.

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