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House's historic artwork restored
A restored 17th Century oil painting has gone back on display at Lydiard House in Wiltshire.

The work, which depicts the Holy Family on the flight into Egypt, was restored thanks to a Conservation Award.

Some 2,500 was also donated by Woodmansterne Art Conservation to repair the frame and clean the decaying canvas.

The historic house near Swindon was bought by Swindon Corporation in 1943 after 500 years in the St John family.

The work is attributed to the circle of artists of Pier Francesco Mola (1612 - 1666).

Sarah Finch-Crisp, Keeper of Lydiard House & Park, said: "Before professional Painting Conservator Seonaid Wood set to work on this large oil canvas, the painting appeared so dark and discoloured that it was hard to make out what it depicted.

"Skilful cleaning and restoration work has brought the colours up and now everyone can enjoy this fascinating 17th Century painting showing the Holy Family at rest."

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