Historical items by world-renowned artist Sir Hubert von Herkomer have been returned to Bushey Museum and Art Gallery.
The items had been loaned to the Royal Academy of Art during the 1990s for an exhibition celebrating the hundredth anniversary of Lululaund. Lululaund was designed by Sir Hubert von Herkomer and served as his home, school, as well as an art, theatre and movie studio where he put on his own plays and musical compositions.
Audrey Adams, a Trustee at Bushey Museum and Art Gallery, said: "It was exciting to receive the package and to see what was loaned so many years ago. "In the package we found a series of plans for various buildings designed by Sir Hubert von Herkomer dating back to 1880s, the most famous of which is Lululaund, which was his property in Bushey. The plans, drawn in 1888, show how ambitious he was in his design and how expensive it must have been to build.
"Lululaund was an extraordinary house, which unfortunately no longer exists. In our collection we have one of the finials from his home, that somehow survived when the house was demolished, along with some of the wood engraving."
Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: "It's exciting to see items that may have not been seen in Hertsmere previously returned. They are culturally significant for Bushey as they relate to an artist who lived and taught in the village, establishing the Herkomer Art School in 1883.
"I look forward to seeing what the museum plans to do with the items. Hopefully we can all enjoy them in future years."
Volunteers are still working their way through all the plans and documents returned in the hope they may be displayed in the museum as part of a new exhibition.
Bushey Museum and Art Gallery tells the story of Bushey and its unique artistic history. The museum's art collection is the largest in Hertfordshire and has a large collection of works relating to Sir Hubert von Herkomer and Lucy Kemp-Welch, as well as works from the Monro Circle of artists.
To find out more about Sir Hubert von Herkomer or Bushey's artistic history visit www.busheymuseum.org
or visit Thursdays to Sundays, from 11am to 4pm. Admission is free.
Watch a short video about the items returned on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/MMexKqQv7Gg
Posted on Tuesday 25th February 2020