Friends of the Harris

Preston Painting Campaign

Our unique painting 'Preston from Penwortham Hill' in 1821 by John Jenkinson (on show at the Harris now) is in desperate need of conservation so that we can display it in future. Without your help the painting will degrade further and this unique local historical view will disappear forever.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 8:28 PM, 5 October 2015 to 10:20 AM, 22 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (503726)

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Amount raised

£998

Donations

18

    Categories

  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage

    Helping

Location

Situation

John Jenkinson's painting 'View from Penwortham Hill', painted 1821 and on show at the Harris now, has been damaged by restoration attempts made prior to the museum buying it in the 1950s. It shows the development of Preston as a town, directly alongside an area that was still rural agricultural land and includes landmarks we recognise today like Avenham Colonnade and the Minster. Without urgent treatment the painting will degrade until it can no longer be displayed and enjoyed by local people.

Solution

Conservators at Lancashire County Museums Conservation Studio are on standby to give the painting the special care it desperately needs. With your help they will be able to • remove discoloured varnish, old retouching and overpaint • patch damage with synthetic fabric and adhesive, and strip line edges • fill and in-paint areas of paint loss • re-varnish the painting • provide a new frame backing board to prevent dust/moisture damage • add new non-reflective lightweight glazing

  • This is such a popular and important painting that we need to make sure it survives, for the benefit of all our visitors for years to come.

    — Alex Walker, Head of Arts & Heritage, Harris Museum

  • This is a unique historic view of Preston as a new industrial city with countryside all around. Without specialist treatment it will be lost forever.

    — Lindsey McCormick, Curator of Fine Art at the Harris Museum

  • We are supporting the Preston Painting Campaign because we want future generations to enjoy and learn from this historic painting. Please help us.

    — Greta Krypczyk-Oddy, Chair of the Friends of the Harris

  • We are supporting the Preston Painting Campaign because we want future generations to enjoy and learn from this historic painting. Please help us.

    — Greta Krypczyk-Oddy, Chair of the Friends of the Harris

  • This is a unique historic view of Preston as a new industrial city with countryside all around. Without specialist treatment it will be lost forever.

    — Lindsey McCormick, Curator of Fine Art at the Harris Museum

  • This is such a popular and important painting that we need to make sure it survives, for the benefit of all our visitors for years to come.

    — Alex Walker, Head of Arts & Heritage, Harris Museum