The Art Fund launches a public appeal to save Turner's 'Blue Rigi'

  • 22 January 2007

The Art Fund and Tate have launched a public appeal to help save JMW Turner's The Blue Rigi for the nation.

£2.45 million needs to be raised by 20 March towards a total price of £4.95 million to prevent the masterpiece from entering a private collection abroad. The Art Fund also announced it was pledging £500,000, one of its largest ever grants, towards the fundraising campaign.

Members of the public will be able to pledge their support online by ‘buying a brushstroke’ from The Blue Rigi by visiting a special website created for online donations. Several leading artists have already bought brushstrokes.

Each online brushstroke costs £5 and the aim is to have raised £300,000 when the image is complete.

The Blue Rigi was sold at auction on 5 June 2006 for the record price of £5.8 million, making it the most expensive British watercolour ever sold. A temporary export bar has been placed on the painting until 20 March 2007 by the Culture Minister, David Lammy.

Click here to find out more about the appeal, to buy a brushstroke and make a donation online

To make a donation by phone please call 0870 848 2033

To donate by post please send a cheque, made payable to The Art Fund, to:

The Art Fund
Freepost LON 17186
PO Box 2003