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Popular painting returns to the North-East
7:07pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
A POPULAR North-East painting is to go back on show in the region after a tour to London and the US.
Isabella and the Pot of Basil by Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt will go on show at the Laing Art Gallery, in Newcastle, as part of a new display of 18th and 19th century paintings.
The painting is being prepared by the gallery’s team of conservators in advance of the new display, opening on Thursday, September 19.
Conservation officer Rory Johnson, who has been carrying out repairs to the back of the painting’s frame, said: “The frame was adapted especially for this painting and dates from around 1867, when the painting was completed.
“The conservation team here at the Laing has been carrying out some repairs to the wood of the frame to make sure that the weight of the painting is distributed evenly when it is hung on the wall.”
This is the first time that Isabella and the Pot of Basil is on show for just over a year, having been part of the popular exhibition Pre-Raphaelites - Victorian Avant-Garde at Tate Britain and Washington’s National Gallery.
Also on show in the new display will be a number of paintings by John Martin, a key figure in 19th century art, renowned for his spectacular paintings of apocalyptic destruction and biblical catastrophe.
In preparation for the new display, the Laing’s 18th and 19th century gallery will be closed until Wednesday, September 18.
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