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Honorary Secretary of the Preservation Society
A new painting featuring Whillan Beck has been donated to the Train from Spain appeal and is being offered to the highest bidder under sealed bids.
We are indebted to David French, member of the Guild of Railway Artists, who has very generously donated a painting of Whillan Beck for the purpose of raising funds towards the Train from Spain Appeal. The painting depicts Whillan Beck ascending the grade towards Irton Road (coming down the valley, from Dalegarth to Ravenglass), with regular driver Will Sands at the regulator. Harter Fell is quite prominent in the background (above the driver's head). This is an evocative and beautifully captured scene, showcasing much of what is splendid about both the locomotive and the Ratty.
The painting measures 25" across and 18" high, including frame.
The Preservation Society will be accepting sealed bids for this masterpiece. Bids should be sent directly to Society Secretary Mungo Stacy. The deadline for bids will be at 11.59pm on 31 October 2018. As an indication of guide price, please be aware that David French also donated a painting for fundraising, of River Mite, which sold at auction in May for a very deserving sum of £500.
The painting is currently stored in Ravenglass. Anyone who wishes to view it in advance of making a bid should contact the Di Chase c/o the magazine editor. A high-resolution image of the painting (3MB) is available by clicking on the banner at the top of this page.