Fundraising approaches £900,000 as Brueghel returns to Yorkshire

  • 17 November 2010

Our fundraising campaign to save the Brueghel has now reached almost £900,000 as the painting returns to Yorkshire to go on display at York Art Gallery from today until Christmas.

Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust, said: “The response we’ve received to keep the Brueghel in Yorkshire at Nostell Priory, its home for the last two hundred years, has been phenomenal. One of the unique aspects of Nostell is that the majority of its historical collections are intact and still in the setting for which they were acquired. We are very grateful to the Art Fund and York Art Gallery for their support with the campaign to help us keep the Brueghel at Nostell forever.”

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said: “Raising money to save works of art sits at the heart of what the Art Fund is all about – and we very much urge all art lovers and those who have a fondness for Nostell to donate to this campaign and ensure that this remarkable painting remains where it belongs – for all to enjoy.”

Janet Barnes, Chief Executive of York Museums Trust, said: "We are delighted to be able to support this appeal and showcase this fantastic painting by Breughel to our visitors. It is a marvellous painting and the star attraction at Nostell Priory. We hope that by showing it here in York we can help raise awareness of the Art Fund's work as well as helping to secure this painting for Yorkshire so that it can be enjoyed for years to come."

You can donate to the appeal online or telephone 0844 415 4004 - or please send cheques, made payable to the Art Fund, to The Art Fund, Freepost SN1457, Halifax Road, MELKSHAM, SN12 7BR.