Hundreds of people have donated to save a unique painting showing the skyline of Preston in 1821.Advertisement
John Jenkinson’s View of Preston from Penwortham Hill has been decaying since it was bought by the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in the 1950s.
Half of the £4,400 target has now been raised but the Friends of the Harris group is calling on Prestonians to dig deep.
Chair of the Friends of the Harris, Greta Krypczyk-Oddy, said: “We are leading the Preston Painting Campaign because we want future generations to enjoy and learn from this historic painting. I urge everyone who cares about Preston’s history to make a donation if they haven’t already.”
The painting is on display until Sunday and allows visitors to see the work planned.
Councillor Veronica Afrin, cabinet member for culture and leisure services, said: “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. It is a unique historic view of Preston as a new industrial city with countryside all around, including sights we would recognise today like St. John’s Minster and Avenham Colonnade. Without specialist treatment it will be lost forever.”
Anyone wishing to donate can do so via the Big Give website.
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