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Iconic Percy Kelly painting back on public view

20 June 2013

A painting created by noted Cumbrian artist Percy Kelly has been restored thanks to an anonymous donation.

The generous benefactor paid for half of the £360 restoration costs for the Maryport Harbour painting, with Allerdale Borough Council funding the rest. The conservation is dedicated to the memory of Percy Kelly’s late twin brother John and sister-in-law Renee who lived in Workington.

The iconic view was painted in 1965 when Percy Kelly was living in Allonby and studying at Carlisle College of Art. The painting will go back on display at Maryport Maritime Museum, which is owned by Allerdale Borough Council, from June 21, where the team of dedicated volunteers is delighted to see the artwork back on public view. A leaflet has also been created, featuring the Maryport harbour painting and a short biography of Percy Kelly, which has been designed by graphic designer Leigh Kelly, granddaughter of John and Renee Kelly.

Steve Fox, voluntary Collections Officer at Maryport Maritime Museum, said: “Percy Kelly's 'Maryport Harbour' provides a unique and striking image of Maryport, painted by this noted Cumbrian artist, and it’s a view that inspired many painters, including LS Lowry. This painting is important not only to the Maritime Museum's collection, but also to the volunteers at the Maritime Museum on whom we rely. The museum team is pleased to have been able to organise the conservation of this iconic painting and would like to thank the anonymous donor, together with Allerdale Borough Council, for providing the funding that helped to bring this project to fruition. We would also like to thank Leigh Kelly for the work on her excellent leaflet on Percy Kelly.”

Councillor Mark Fryer, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Growth, added: “It is great news that we have been able to restore this painting. It is a part of Maryport’s history and we hope this will encourage people to visit the Maritime Museum and see not only the Maryport Harbour painting, but other pieces of the collection which are also important to us and this area’s history.”

The Maryport Harbour painting is housed in the Maryport Maritime Museum, is managed by Maryport Maritime Heritage Ltd, a non-profit organisation which looks after the museum and its collections on behalf of Allerdale Borough Council.

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