Adopt a Painting!

Ferens Art Gallery in Hull have been promoting a wonderful project that allows the public to  support and preserve the treasures in its collection.  The “Adopt a Painting” scheme means art-lovers can help fund the repairs, cleaning and conservation of their chosen work.

In honour of William Dobson’s birthday on 4th March, art critic and super-fan, Waldemar Januszczak, has adopted Ferens’ Dobson portrait of the musician, William Lawes.


The gallery’s press release says that the picture has already been sent away for restoration, and the newly conserved canvas will be returned to display in the summer.

Schemes such as this are a fantastic way to help preserve our artistic heritage, especially in times when funding and support for the arts are seriously under threat.  Well done to Ferens for championing it! If only more institutions would consider similiar ideas, how much more of our nation’s artworks could be given that much-needed lifeline.

What a great birthday present for Mr Dobson!

Press Release

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  1. Has the painting been securely identified as Lawes now? Am I remembering right that in the NPG exhibition catalogue they weren’t sure? (I can’t get up to look at my copy, I am currently suffering Feline Paralysis.)



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