A historic oil painting of the view of Hythe town and surrounding area looking out to sea, has been returned to the ownership of Hythe Town Council.
The large painting was part of Hythe library collection when it was managed by the town’s administration. When, in 1974 with Local Government reorganisation, the library came under the umbrella of Kent County Council, the collections moved ownership too. In the following years the painting was moved out of town and stored securely with the county art collection but sadly no longer on public view.
The painting was included in the Public Catalogue Foundation. When the printed catalogue for Kent was published it was seen by Hythe Civic Society who recognised the painting. They were instrumental in having this artwork returned to public display in the Town’s library around 10 years ago.
The painting had a poor quality frame which had begun to deteriorate over the years. KCC has funded the recent cleaning and reframing of the artwork before its return to Hythe Town Council.
Kent County Council gifted the painting to Hythe Town Council in an event at Hythe Library on 31st January 2017. Mr Mike Hill, MEM represented KCC in handing the painting to Deputy Mayor Paul Peacock and Mayoress Ann Mayne in the presence of Christopher Melchers, Chairman of Hythe Civic Society.
The painting will be hung in the museum when some of the existing exhibits have been re-arranged.