Henry Van den Bergh (Biographical details)

Henry Van den Bergh (collector; British; Male; 1853 - 1937)

Also known as

Van den Bergh, Henry; Bergh, Henry Van den


(The 'v' of 'Van' is capitalised) FSA. Industrialist born in Oss in the Netherlands, moved to London in 1870 to work in the family margarine business. This merged with Lever Brothers to become Unilever in 1929. Member of the Executive Committee of the National Art Collections Fund (q.v.) in the 1910s-1920s. Major donor, through the National Art Collections Fund to most Departments of the British Museum and of Dutch tiles to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The National Art Collections Fund hold an extract of his will, which states that his children (Col Donald Van den Bergh, d.1949; Duncan Van den Bergh, Mrs S. Roskill, d.1983; and Mrs Dorrit Talbot) were to draw lots for his art works, which would then be held by that child for life and following their death, to be distributed by the Trustees of the Van den Bergh Family Trust to the National Gallery, the British Museum, the V&A, the Tate and the Art Fund, entirely at the discretion of the Trustees.