Painting returns home

Painting returns home

A significant painting by a renowned Colchester artist has returned home after spending several years in an American collection. Colchester’s Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, based at the Minories, bought the work of art by the early 19th century artist John Vine who lived in the town on Maldon Road.

His painting of a colt was acquired from North Carolina earlier this year.

Evelyne Bell, the Foundation’s Fine Art Consultant, said: “Through our connection within the fine art world we discovered that the painting was going to be auctioned in America. We already have several of Vine’s paintings in our collection and we were determined to bring this painting home.”

Born in 1808 with deformities to his hands and arms, Vine’s condition saw him paraded as a freak throughout his early life.

“Despite being born with severe disabilities, Vine built a reputation for painting horses, cattle and dogs in the Essex countryside,” said Robin Matthews, Chairman of the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation. “We are absolutely thrilled to have this painting back in Colchester where it belongs.”

The Victor Bate-Lay collection includes paintings, engravings and sculptures by artists, including John Constable, Camille Pissarro, Eduardo Paolozzi, John and Paul Nash. Learn more about our Collection here.