Fishing fleet seascape is unveiled in Maryport
Last updated at 16:54, Friday, 11 April 2014
Visitors to Maryport Maritime Museum will be the first to see a newly restored William Mitchell seascape.
The painting, bought with a grant from V&A Treasures and restored through a grant from Maryport Town Council, is of special value and importance to the museum because it depicts the herring fleet leaving Maryport harbour.
Steve Fox, museum spokesman, said the painting was restored by Preston Conservation Studio.
A new panel has been constructed on the ground floor of the museum and the Mitchell painting will be the centrepiece.
Mitchell was born in Ireland and came to Maryport where he worked as foreman painter at the railway station.
He left in 1863 to concentrate on his art and achieved some success.
He painted over 10,000 works and was invited to exhibit at the Royal Academy in London.
A special brochure for the Mitchell painting has been produced by Leigh Kelly, great-grand niece of well known West Cumbrian artist Percy Kelly, who also has a work hanging in the museum.
First published at 15:46, Friday, 11 April 2014
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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