New acquisition - Portrait of Hubert Herkomer by Herman Herkomer
An imposing portrait of Sir Hubert von Herkomer by his cousin, Herman Herkomer can now be viewed in the Herkomer Room of Bushey Museum. This portrait was acquired with the help of funds from the Art Fund, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of Bushey Museum, to all of whom the Museum is very grateful. It had previously been in the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and had been shipped for auction at Christie's, London, W. 1.
Herman lived in Bushey for a while before he went to Munich and Paris to further his studies. Although he was primarily a painter of women, this portrait of Hubert, wearing his Slade Professorship robes, was his most acclaimed. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1887 and the following year at the Paris Salon, where it received an honourable mention. It captures well the self confident artist, who at this age of 38 was running his own Art School in Bushey and was planning to set up his own theatre and build, in Bushey, a magnificent mansion, 'Lululaund'.
Anne Blessley 1923 - 2016
Anne Blessley, President and founder of the Friends of Bushey Museum, and Art Curator of the Museum until 2012, died on 10th July at Watford General Hospital.
An untiring friend and guide, she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Bushey Museum has been assessed by Visit England (formerly the Tourist Board), as the best Museum, allowing for location and resources, in the South East of England, and has been awarded Visit England's 'Hidden Gem' Accolade. This accolade is 'testament to the high standards achieved, which the assessors felt were truly deserving of recognition'.
What is even more remarkable about Bushey Museum's success is that it is run entirely by volunteers drawn from the community.
There are permanent exhibitions of Herkomer, who is very important locally and was responsible for elevating Bushey's artistic heritage, and Lucy Kemp-Welch, who was probably Britain's finest painter of horses.
Temporary exhibitions are changed on a regular basis, and currently on display are an exhibition 'Portraits' and 'Bushey Pubs - Then and Now'.