Stanhope Forbes painting of Penzance stays in Cornwall

Inner harbour - Abbey Slip, by Stanhope Forbes
Image caption Inner harbour - Abbey Slip, by Stanhope Forbes

A famous painting of Penzance harbour has been saved from being sold outside of Cornwall thanks to a campaign by the Penlee House Art Gallery and Museum.

Abbey Slip was painted in oils 1921 by Dublin-born Stanhope Alexander Forbes, who was regarded as the founder of the Newlyn School of Painters.

Grants of £130,000, along with private donations, helped secure the work.

Gallery staff said saving the painting for Cornwall was very important for the county's art heritage.

The painting had been put up for auction in April but failed to reach its reserve price.

Bids for the picture reached £170,000 but it had been estimated to make between £240,000 and £260,000.

The Newlyn School favoured open-air painting, using the atmosphere and realism of local colour.

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