Lotto cash hopes for artwork

Queen Katharine's Dream by Henry Fuseli is part of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection.

Queen Katharine's Dream by Henry Fuseli is part of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection.

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A BID for lottery cash is set to be made to enable the cataloguing of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection.

The Friends of Lytham St Annes Art Collection and Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society, which serve on the Fylde Works Art Group, are exploring the possibility of submitting a Heritage Lottery Bid for an as yet unspecified amount.

There are more than 200 works in the Collection, including large statues, figurines, scrolls, gifted and bequeathed ornaments and paintings in oil and watercolours and while some of the works are on display at St Annes Town Hall, many are kept in storage.

The Friends of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection regularly stage exhibitions showing some of the works and the next opportunity for viewing begins next month when A Right To Play – Children in Art is held at the Fylde Gallery, Lytham on December 13.

The Collection had its beginnings in 1925 when John Booth of the local grocery family donated a painting by Richard Ansdell RA called The Herd Lassie.

Alderman James Dawson donated more than 50 paintings and sculptures from 1931 onwards.