Brueghel Old Master saved for nation

  • 6 January 2011

We're delighted to announce that our Brueghel campaign has reached its £2.7million target thanks to a £1,034,000 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s The Procession to Calvary is now safely secured for the public to enjoy at National Trust’s Nostell Priory.
We ran the campaign jointly with the National Trust. Fundraising was kick-started with a £500,000 Art Fund grant in late September. In three months £680,000 was raised from members of the public, many of whom are Art Fund and National Trust members. In addition, almost £510,000 was secured from trusts and foundations. The final £1,034,000 from the NHMF closed the fundraising gap in time to keep the painting at Nostell Priory in Yorkshire. The masterpiece has been on display there for over 200 years.

Our director Stephen Deuchar said: “We have been bowled over by the support and enthusiasm of the public for this quite extraordinary painting, helping us to reach the £2.7 million target. Considering the economic climate, this has been a hugely challenging campaign and we are enormously grateful to all our members and supporters who have given so generously. Working with the National Trust has been a very fruitful experience, pooling our resources to pull out all the stops and save this remarkable painting for Nostell Priory and its visitors. As ever, our huge thanks to the National Heritage Memorial Fund for its major role in bringing this campaign to a truly fantastic close.”

The Procession to Calvary is on display at York Art Gallery until 8 January 2011. It will be back on show at Nostell Priory from February 2011, when the house opens once again to the public.

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