The Pitt Family of Encombe by William Hoare. Courtesy Art Fund
Bath’s Holburne Museum has acquired the 18th century painting The Pitt Family of Encombe by William Hoare.
The acquisition was made possible through a grant from The Art Fund along with generous help from the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Beecroft Bequest, the Friends of the Holburne, David Posnett and a private donor.
It will go on display alongside well-known pieces from Gainsborough, Ramsay and Stubbs when the museum, reopens to visitors in 2011.
Amina Wright, Curator of Fine Art at the Holburne, said: “In its Georgian heyday, Bath was second only to London as a centre of cultural excellence, and we are delighted that this important and beautiful work by one of Bath’s most famous artists of the time will be back in Bath for everyone to enjoy when the Holburne re-opens in 2011.”
The Pitt Family of Encombe will be on display at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester from January 2010. For more information on The Holburne Project go to www.bath.ac.uk/holburne.