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EXCITING HISTORY: Items returned to Bushey museum 

 Published on: 11th March 2020   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

Historical items by world-renowned artist Sir Hubert von Herkomer have been given back in a package to Bushey Museum and Art Gallery.

The items were loaned in the 1990s to the Royal Academy of Art. They were used for an exhibition celebrating the hundredth anniversary of Lululaund, which was designed by Sir Hubert von Herkomer himself.

Lululaund was his home and school in Bushey, and it also served as an art, theatre and movie studio, where he came up with his own plays and musical compositions.

The package contained a series of plans for various buildings designed by Sir Hubert von Herkomer dating back to the 1880s – the most famous being Lululaund.

Audrey Adams, a trustee at Bushey Museum and Art Gallery, said: “It was exciting to receive the package and to see what was loaned so many years ago.

“The plans, drawn in 1888, show how ambitious he was in his design and how expensive it must have been to build.”

Unfortunately Lululaund no longer exists, but the collection has one of the finials from his home, which managed to survive when the house was demolished, along with some of the wood engraving.

Councillor Caroline Clapper, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “It’s exciting to see items that may have not been seen in Hertsmere previously returned. They are culturally significant for Bushey as they relate to an artist who lived and taught in the village, establishing the Herkomer Art School in 1883.

“I look forward to seeing what the museum plans to do with the items. Hopefully we can all enjoy them in future years.”

Volunteers are still working their way through the package returned, in the hope they may be able to display the items in the museum.

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