Derby's new Museums Trust in plea to buy two Joseph Wright works
DERBY'S new Museums Trust has launched an appeal to raise £11,000 to help buy two portraits by the city's acclaimed painter, Joseph Wright.
They are on loan to Derby Museum and Art Gallery, where they are on display, but the trust wants to own them. It could buy them for £122,000 and already has cash raised by the Friends of Derby Museums and a grant from the Beecroft Bequest, a fund managed by the Museums Association for pre-1800 artworks.
It is asking for help to raise the remaining £11,000 to buy the two portraits of Derbyshire industrialist Francis Hurt and his wife, Mary.
Fund-raising events include a lecture on March 3, and a sponsored walk from Derby to Alderwasley, the Hurt family home, on March 24. Call Derby 642239 to take part in the walk.
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