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Bruegel masterpiece to remain in UK

7th January 2011

A campaign to keep a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Younger in the UK has reached its GBP 2.7 million target after receiving a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).

In September last year, the Art Fund and the National Trust launched a drive to ensure Bruegel's The Procession to Calvary remains at Nostell Priory in Yorkshire and achieved its fundraising goal when the NHMF contributed the final GBP 1,034,000.

The Art Fund had given a GBP 500,000 grant to the campaign, while more than GBP 680,000 was donated by the public and almost GBP 510,000 was contributed by trusts and foundations.

Dr Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said he is 'bowled over' by the support that has been given to the campaign.

'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,' he added.

Last year, the El Pais newspaper reported Madrid's Prado museum is in negotiation to buy The Wine of St Martin's Day, a previously unknown masterpiece by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
 

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