Export bar prevents Niagara Falls painting from leaving the UK
A temporary export bar has been drawn up to prevent adventurer Thomas Davies’ 1762 painting of the Niagara Falls from leaving the UK.
The lot is the first eye-witness rendering of the falls and was sold at Christie’s in April. The UK culture ministry hopes that a new buyer will step in and pay the £151,800 ($237,920) needed to keep the work from going abroad.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey explains: "This watercolour painting not only provides us with the first glimpse of Niagara Falls, but it also sheds light on Britain’s achievements in 18th century exploration, military and topographical art.
“I hope that the temporary export bar I have put in place will result in a UK buyer coming forward and that the watercolour will be available for all to better understand Britain’s global role in the 18th century.”
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