Jersey

Wall removed at Jersey Museum for Major Peirson painting

A wall and a window at the Jersey Museum had to be removed to make way for a piece of art which depicts a famous moment in Jersey history.

The Death of Major Peirson was painted in 1783 by American artist John Singleton Copley.

It is usually found in the Tate in London but is on loan to the Jersey Museum for nine months.

It had to be winched up to a balcony by crane and a window and surrounding wall had to be removed to fit it in.

A team of about 15 people were needed to manoeuvre it into the museum.

The painting shows the moment in 1781 where Major Francis Peirson lead the battle against invading French forces in Jersey's Royal Square.

A Jersey Museum spokesman said the exhibition had been in the planning stages for four years.

But he said it was the logistics that needed to be considered because the artwork is three by four metres and weighs half a tonne.

The exhibition includes a 10-minute film explaining what happened to Major Peirson on that day in January 1781.

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