Framlingham Picture Mystery

Framlingham Picture Mystery

I have always enjoyed the BBC 1 programme ‘Fake or Fortune’ and with my interest in anything Framlingham related I found a picture for sale on the internet last year and although I know it is not an ‘old master’ I bought it.

With all the demolition work in Station Road late last year the picture has become more interesting recently as to why the painter captured the view she did of the ‘Old Station’ in Framlingham.

Was she a resident of Framlingham or a visitor to the town – did she have local people in mind that she included in the picture? Did she paint it from memory or was she in situ somewhere in Station Road to paint this view?

There is information on the picture naming the painter as Joan Russell with the year shown as 1961 and a label on the back mentioning the New England Art Club and the price of 12 guineas.

I love the picture for its characters and vibrant colours and if anyone can shed any light on the painter to add to its provenance and history I would be pleased to hear from you.

Thank you

Simon Last

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