THE painting really could depict most Australian farming landscapes.
Creswick Museum secretary Margaret Fullwood likes to imagine it is a scene in Creswick, loving crafted by the township’s own Australian-renowned painter Percy Lindsay.
Landscape with Cattle is proudly housed in the museum alongside two fellow works by Lindsay – Berry’s Bay and Construction of Sydney Harbour. All three need a little tender, loving care
Creswick Museum is seeking sponsors to help restore all three.
Museum curator Geoff Newmarch said the process, including framework, would be more about preservation than full restoration.
The trio, painted sometime in the 1890s to early 1900s, will be part of a major museum exhibition that is set to open on Australia Day.
The Lindsay Family will feature art from the ‘famous five’ Lindsays – Percy, Norman, Lionel, Daryl and Ruby – but Creswick Museum was working to attract some art from all 10 Lindsay siblings and possibly next-generation Lindsays.
Ms Fullwood was confident this was achievable, except maybe in finding art from Percy Lindsay’s younger sister Pearl, who was the only Lindsay to not have shown any artistic flair publicly.
Interestingly, Creswick Museum obtained its three Percy Lindsay paintings via the estate of Pearl’s daughter Felicity in 1995.
Percy was the eldest in Creswick’s Lindsay siblings and best-known for his oil landscapes.
“The family was very worldly, travelling to major cities but Percy was often considered to not push his works as much,” Mr Newmarch said.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the paintings’ restorative work can contact Margaret Fullwood on 5345 2046.