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Rare art tours reveal stories behind Essex County Council art collection

Communities / Wed 2nd Apr 2014 am30 10:44am

A RARE opportunity to see and learn more about paintings in the Essex County Council art collection takes place on Saturday 5th April.

Art tours at County Hall and the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford will explain the stories behind the intriguing collection of items and the people depicted in them.

Tours are taking place at the following times:

9.30am and 11.00am at County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1QH (Duke Street entrance)

1.00pm and 2.30pm at Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT

Exhibits include Queen Elizabeth I at Tilbury by Alfred Kingsley Lawrence from 1938 (on display at County Hall), and Pompeo Batoni’s family portrait of Thomas Barrett-Lennard, his wife Anna Maria, and their daughter Barbara, which is held at Essex Record Office.

The Batoni painting dates from 1750, the year after Barbara’s death. Batoni took her likeness from a miniature painted earlier by Thomas Hudson.

Tickets cost £2.00 per tour; they are available in advance by calling 01245 244644.

Since its inception in 1889, Essex County Council has amassed a significant art collection, mostly through bequests and donations.

tilbs2County Councillor John Jowers, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning, said: “These tours are a fascinating way of learning more about Essex and its growing art collection.”

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