George Stubbs' kangaroo and dingo paintings to stay in U.K.

Nov 07, 2013, 4:26 PM EST

The first images of a kangaroo and a dingo in western art are to remain in the U.K after a campaign raised £4.5m to buy “Kongouro from New Holland” and “Portrait of a Large Dog,” both by George Stubbs, for the National Maritime Museum in London. The family foundation of Eyal Ofer, a Monaco-based shipowner, donated £1.5m towards the campaign to keep the paintings. The privately owned oil paintings were sold to a buyer outside the U.K. in 2012 but the government placed them under a temporary export ban, citing their significance for the study of 18th-century exploration.