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Historic Paintings Go On Display

A special historic exhibition of local artwork which has been expertly restored to its former glory goes on show at Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery next Saturday (May 28).

Many of the artworks, which depict local landscapes and portraits of industrialists and their families from the area, range in age from around 80 to nearly 200 years old.

The paintings used to hang in the large country houses of local captains of industry and many have never been shown publicly before.

Over the past four years West Dunbartonshire Council, with grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Museums Galleries Scotland, has undertaken a major project to restore 28 paintings.

A total of 18 paintings will be on display in the Art of Restoration exhibition in Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery. The remaining artworks will be exhibited in future shows.

Helen Denny, wife of Peter Denny of the Denny shipyard in Dumbarton, the Dixon siblings of the Dumbarton Glassworks Company and Sir Iain Colquhoun of the Colquhouns of Luss are among those featured in the collection.

Also local artist William Donnelley’s work will be represented in two 18th century watercolours, painted when industry on the Clyde was booming.

The paintings will be displayed alongside a selection of photographs showing how they were restored, including some before and after images of the artworks themselves.

The Art of Restoration exhibition will be at Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery from 28 May until 13 August 2016. The exhibition will be open from 10am until 4.30pm Monday to Saturday, entry is free.

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