Civic Society’s £3k boost to brush up vintage artwork

Lytham Sandhills painting by Richard Ansdell
Lytham Sandhills painting by Richard Ansdell
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Lytham St Annes Civic Society has handed Fylde arts lovers a fresh boost with a £3,000 donation to enable the conservation of a painting in the town’s prized Art Collection.

The artwork concerned is Lytham Sandhills, which Richard Ansdell painted in 1866. It is oil on canvas measuring 53.3cms by 149.9cms and is one of several Ansdell paintings in the Lytham St Annes Art Collection.

It is the latest boost for the Collection following a £24,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to the Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society, which will allow detailed cataloguing of the Collection, and the announcement that Lawn Tennis Association president Peter Bretherton is to pay for the restoration of the painting The New Curate.

Civic Society chairman Marion Coupe said: “We are keen supporters of the LSA Art Collection and the Fylde Gallery as these are wonderful resources for the town. We also support the work of the Friends in their efforts to help get the paintings restored and on public view. We hope that our donation will encourage others to come forward and sponsor a painting in this way.”

Margaret Race, chairman of the Friends of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection, added: “This is wonderful news, especially so soon after we learned that the Fylde branch of the Decorative and Fine Art Society has secured £24,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable a project which is now well under way and is called Tagging the Treasures.

“We are so grateful to the Civic Society and delighted with their contribution.”