Watford Museum is hosting another historic painting signing after Dean Russell MP’s painting of Watford FC legend Luther Blissett, which helped raise more than £1,000 in May, has been added to the collection.
The painting was auctioned off and raised £900 for local charities. The painting was signed in the Watford FC exhibition within Watford Museum by both Luther Blissett and the Watford MP.
Whilst the painting, which will be kept at the museum, marks an important new feature for the museum’s collection of local football history, it also will act as a historic painting to represent COVID-19 in Watford.
The winner of the auction agreed for the painting to be added to the Watford Museum’s collection as a way for people to remember the community-spirit and volunteering seen in Watford during lockdown.
Dean Russell MP said: “I felt very lucky to have been able to paint Luther and was so pleased we were able to raise money for so many great local charities. I want to express my gratitude to the Watford Museum for hosting the painting. It is a real honour to know it will permanently have a home there for the future.”
Luther Blissett said: “They say, ‘imitation is the finest form of flattery’ and I have to say this incredible portrait by Dean is both fine and flattering. It is a perfect image of my younger self and what a talented reminder of glorious playing days at Watford FC.
“The funds this portrait has raised for the local community make me even more proud, a further legacy of those golden times and my upbringing by Graham Taylor OBE, Watford’s greatest manager.”