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Rare paintings restored at Trinity House

Two rare paintings are back on display at Trinity House maritime museum in Leith after essential conservation work.
The Trinity House collection includes four paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn. Most notable is a portrait of Admiral Duncan, who led the British fleet to victory against the Dutch at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797. This critical engagement in the Napoleonic wars made the admiral a national hero. Trinity House awarded him the Freedom of the Incorporation and commissioned Raeburn to paint his portrait for the walls of their headquarters.

New Banksy – from Blur to Bloomsbury auctions

The Banksy piece created for Blur is to go to auction in a sale of modern and contemporary art taking place at Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday. ‘Lot 90: Banksy (b.1975) UNTITLED, 2003, spraypaint with stencil on concrete blocks, approx. 96 x 72in.’ price? ‘£30,000-£50,000.’ ‘Yes, it is a lot, and no, we’d never heard of Banksy before,’ said Mr Walmesley , the farmer whose duckhouse Banksy painted . He came down to London with a trailer carrying the concrete blocks in a reinforced steel frame. Banksy had also tested his aerosol cans on a steel barn door. ‘But then the barn was renovated and Steve was going to chuck the door in a skip,’ remembers Lucy’s boyfriend, David Smith. ‘I rescued it because I liked…