Written by Lytham Hall:
A small party was held early evening on the 14 July 2023 to celebrate the purchase of the mighty painting Excelsior.
This enormous painting by Richard Ansdell has adorned the wall of the library for over 18 years. It was loaned by an art collector who passed away and his estate had to go through the usual probate process.
This marvellous work of art was due to be taken away to a famous London auction house until Margaret Race, Chair of the Friends of the Lytham St. Annes Art Collection, heard about it.
Margaret wrote a letter to the owner saying the Friends of the Lytham St. Annes Art Collection would be devastated to lose the painting explaining how much it meant to the people of Lytham St Annes.
The owner was so impressed with Margaret’s passion and determination, that she agreed to sell the painting for a fraction of its worth. The owner was a very generous lady and she kindly allowed the painting to stay at Lytham Hall, close to where the famous artist lived.
When hearing the story, a local donor contacted Margaret and offered to fund the purchase.
The painting can now continue its life at Lytham Hall enabling thousands of people to view and enjoy it indefinitely.
Many thanks to Margaret Race whose determination has saved this painting from the auction room and allowed it to stay here in Fylde where its creator once lived.
Thanks also for the generosity of the local donor who financed the purchase of this tremendous piece of artwork.