The following pieces are currently away from the Collection off site under expert restoration and we will see them back in 2023:
- The Startled Deer by Richard Ansdell – NOW RETURNED
- Watering Place by William Shayer
- The Old Water Mill near Bettws-Y-Coed by Thomas Creswick
- Gamekeeper with Spaniels by Richard Ansdell
- The Italian Flower Girl by Eugene de Blaas (pictured)
The art collection’s most significant piece, The Vision of Catherine of Aragon (pictured below), recently embarked on another voyage on the 25th August 2022, to Musee Jacquemart-Andre in Paris; a private museum within a nineteenth century mansion. The mansion was built by Edouard Andre and his wife, Nelie, who were major collectors of important works of art. After the death of Edouard, Nelie continued to travel the world in search of art works to add to their impressive collection until she too passed in 1913 and the mansion became a museum at Nelie’s request. The museum’s collection includes major works by the likes of Francois Boucher, Rembrandt, Vittore Carpaccio, and Botticelli. Visitors can tour the mansion, the rooms of which have been restored and conserved, much like Lytham Hall.
The Fuseli painting took centre stage in the exhibition “Fuseli, the Realm of Dreams and the Fantastic; an oeuvre of the painter”. Comprising 60 works, the exhibition explored the artist’s inspiration from Shakespearean themes to dream theory, to mythological and biblical illustrations. It was on view from 16th September 2022 to January 2023. The painting has now been safely returned to Fylde Council Town Hall in St Annes, Lancashire.
There are exciting plans to open up a display space at Lytham Hall for public access to the Lytham St Annes Art Collection. Fylde Council have earmarked significant investment into the Grade One listed historic building to develop a gallery space in the former ‘Long Gallery’ with the opportunity to show a series of exhibitions during the year.