So the very pleasant Reception Room in the Town Hall filled on the 14th June 2018 with members of the Friends and invited guests to view the newly repaired and conserved painting, ‘A Lady Seated on a Balcony’, known as ‘Penelope’ oil on canvas, by Alfred Louis Andrieux, 1879-1945.
Phillip Bourne – Conservation Officer, Pictorial Art – from the Lancashire Museums Conservation Studios, kindly came along to give us a very interesting account of the many hours of painstaking work he carried out on the dirty, damaged ‘canvas; a task combining clever science and great artistic ability.
Also present were Mr James Hilton, Lord of the Manor of Lytham, and Mrs Hilton who were presented with a reproduction of the painting on canvas as a memento and to show our gratitude.
Tea, coffee and cakes were served and it was a very happy occasion.
Margaret Race presented Mr Hilton with a copy of the painting. A thank you to acknowledge his generous donation towards the cost of the conservation of Penelope.