[A] rare painting by Flemish artist Frans Snyders will return to the walls at Lowther this week, reinstated in the castle’s newly revamped café, only yards from where it hung originally in the Lowther picture gallery.
Removed from the castle in 1947 as part of one of the largest country house sales to ever happen in Britain, the painting, A Concert of Birds by a Pond, will return to Lowther almost exactly seventy years later. Lowther was stripped bare, with every painting and object put under the hammer, scattering an extraordinary family collection. However some remarkable objects remained in family hands, including the famous painting.
Jim Lowther said “It is fantastic to see one of Lowther’s most precious artefacts returned to the castle, restored to its former glory. The painting is Snyders’ most ambitious composition of wild birds; an enormous piece overflowing with wonderful detail. It looks stunning in the new café space and we hope our visitors will enjoy it. ”
‘A Concert of Birds’ was a favourite theme of Snyders. He was a keen follower of the Franciscan religious order and the birds are a symbolic representation of St Francis of Assisi. Snyders returned to the theme frequently, and four of these paintings in various forms hang at El Prado in Madrid.
Visitors will be able to view the painting when Lowther reopens on the 13th of March 2017.