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How this painting of Preston was saved

Posted on - 16th August, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, History, News, Penwortham, Preston City Centre, Preston Council
John Jenkinson's painting is now hanging in the Harris

John Jenkinson’s painting is now hanging in the Harris

This view of Preston dates back more than 200 years and YOU helped to restore it.

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John Jenkinson’s painting ‘View of Preston from Penwortham Hill’ has been lovingly restored by the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

Conservation experts used specialist treatment to ensure the painting was saved with work costing £4,400 raised through donations.

Curator Lindsey McCormick said “Without specialist treatment this unique view of Preston would have been lost forever.

“It is with thanks to the generosity of the public, the Friends of the Harris and Art Aid that visitors can once again enjoy this remarkable painting.”

The painting being put into position

The painting being put into position

The painting shows a sunny harvest scene set against the tall chimneys and windmills of an increasingly industrialised Preston.

Read more: How your help was needed to save painting

Many of the landmarks we know today are there, Minster Church of St John, Avenham Parade and Penwortham’s Old Bridge.

Executive member for culture and leisure at Preston City Council cllr Peter Kelly said: “We would like to thank the conservators at Lancashire County Museums Conservation Studio for their excellent work. The View of Preston from Penwortham Hill, tells an important story, the story of Preston’s industrial development and it will be seen by hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors to Preston for generations to come.”

Read more: Opening hours change at the Harris Museum

The painting can be seen for free in the Fine Art Gallery.

What do you think of the painting? Have you seen it? Did you donate? Let us know in the comments below

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