A painting by one of Kircudbright’s most famous inhabitants is set to stay in the town due to collaborative work by several charities.
An early work by EA Hornel, Harvesting, is now hanging in Broughton House, the artist’s former home, which is now run by the National Trust for Scotland.
The purchase of Harvesting was made possible thanks to generous support from Art Fund, National Museums Scotland National Fund for Acquisitions, Friends of Broughton House and Galloway Members’ Group as well as individual donors.
Property manager for Broughton House, Sheila Faichney said this week: “We are so pleased to welcome Harvesting home. We are lucky to hold an outstanding collection of Hornel’s work, but have relatively few early pieces. This is an excellent addition and will enable us to show visitors how his style developed over the years, as well as providing an insight into the heritage and history of the area.”
The National Trust for Scotland has cared for Broughton House, Hornel’s home and studio, since 1997.
The Georgian house boasts a collection of his work and gives an insight into his affiliation with the famous Glasgow Boys group of artists.
Broughton House’s artworks have been re-hung to accommodate the painting.
Sheila Faichney continued: “Harvesting is an outstanding example and features the rural theme that captured the imagination of him and many of his contemporaries.
“We’re emphasising this to visitors by hanging Harvesting close to A Cottar’s Garden by George Henry, who presents his own take on a similar subject.”
Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director, added: “There could be no better place for Harvesting than Broughton House, Hornel’s former home. We are delighted to have helped.”
Hornel, born in Australia in 1864, lived in Broughton House from 1901 until his death in 1933.
The house contains many of his paintings, as well as his library, which features one of the world’s largest collections of works by Robert Burns.
His garden, which backs onto the River Dee, was inspired by his earlier travels in Japan.
Curators have recently been hard at work at Broughton House digitising photographic archive material from the artist’s original glass plate negatives.
With the help of the Morton Charitable Trust, photographs have been re-printed and hung alongside Hornel’s artworks. More than 1,600 images have been digitised, many of which can be seen at the property and will soon be made available online.