The National Gallery has become the latest museum to remove the name of the disgraced Sackler pharmaceuticals dynasty, which made billions selling opioids, from its walls.
Staff took the family’s name from the wall of a gallery that is home to works by some of the greatest British artists — including Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds and JMW Turner — late last week.
The gallery said that the decision had been “jointly agreed” with the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.
The Sackler family’s patronage of the National Gallery goes back 30 years
The Sacklers had been among Britain’s most generous arts benefactors, but the family name has become toxic since the revelations about their role in America’s opioid epidemic, which has killed more than 500,000 people. The Sackler fortune, once valued at $13 billion, came largely from