Thursday 20 August 2015

Export Ban

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export ban on this watercolour An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara (1762) by Captain Thomas Davies. It isn't the most inspiring painting, but it is of historical importance. It was the first eyewitness representation of Niagara Falls, complete with rainbow, and testifies to Britain’s global military role in the eighteenth century. The current owner requires £151,800 to secure the purchase. CLICK to view a larger graphic and to read more.


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