Nostell Priory: Joy as £2.72m saves cherished painting

A masterpiece that has hung at a West Yorkshire landmark for more than 200 years has been saved after a fundraising campaign came up with £2.72m in just three months.

Pieter Brueghel the Younger's stunning The Procession to Calvary has been one of the stars of Wakefield's Nostell Priory for more than two centuries.

But, as reported in the YEP, the painting was put up for sale by its owner, Lord St Oswald, towards the end of last year, meaning it was at risk of being lost to the public.

The Art Fund and the National Trust launched major fundraising campaign to save the painting, which was completed in 1602 and shows Christ carrying the cross on the way to his crucifixion.

And this week it was announced that, thanks to an National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) grant of 1,034,000, along with the Art Fund's 500,000 grant and more than 680,000 from members of the public, the painting will stay on show at Nostell.

Dr Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said: "We have been bowled over by the support and enthusiasm of the public for this quite extraordinary painting, helping us to reach the 2.7m target.

"Considering the economic climate, this has been a hugely challenging campaign and we are enormously grateful to all our members and supporters who have given so generously.

Dame Fiona Reynolds, director-general of the National Trust, added: "This is wonderful news and a marvellous start to the new year with the knowledge that Nostell Priory's star attraction will stay where it belongs and continue to be enjoyed by visitors."

And Dame Jenny Abramsky, chair of the NHMF, said: "The overwhelming public support to help secure this stunning painting has been an inspiration."

The painting will be at Nostell from the end of February. To find out more visit or telephone 0844 415 4004.