Bushey Art Gallery & Museum has acquired a new painting which has not been seen in public for 100 years.
Bought at auction with support from generous art funds and the museum’s friends group, The Lady in White, painted by Sir Hubert Herkomer has found its new home in the gallery.
The painting had been in the private possession of the family of the sitter, Katherine Grant, for 100 years. It was an important work by Herkomer who showed it to huge acclaim at the Royal Academy and museums around Europe and the USA and who refused to sell it to the Kaiser.
It was acquired by the diligence of curator John Gerry together with financial support from the V&A, the Arts Council, The Art Fund and the Friends of Bushey Museum.
Audrey Adams, chair of the museum trustees and representatives from the V&A, said: “We are indebted to John for his hard preparatory work in securing the Lady at Auction and, most importantly, to our funders, without whom it would not have been possible to bring The Lady to Bushey. She hangs alongside a portrait of Herkomer himself. Home after 100 years.”
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