Issue details

OD/16/62 Loan of objects from the Ipswich Borough Council collections

This decision relates to two current loan requests:


The first request is from Compton Verney, an art gallery located in a Warwickshire stately home for John Constable, ‘Wily Lott’s Cottage’ 1816 (R.1929-57), oil on paper mounted on canvas and two works by Harry Becker: ‘Landscape with Horses Ploughing’, c.1913-28, oil on canvas (R.1954-126.3) and ‘Cutting Chaff in the Open’, c.1913-28, oil on board (R.1954-126.8). The loan is for a temporary exhibition from 18 March to 18 June 2017. The Becker works are currently in store and whilst the Constable is on display in the Wolsey Art Gallery it would be possible to replace it with a similar work. This loan has been approved.


The second request is from the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London and is for Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Margaret Gainsborough, the Artist's Wife’, late 1770s, oil on paper laid down on panel (R.1955-126). This is a high profile loan and forms part of an ongoing relationship with the NPG: Ipswich is borrowing the portrait of Thomas, Cardinal Wolsey from the NPG in 2017. This work is currently in store. The borrower will be asked to contribute to the conservation and framing of the work. This loan has been approved.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/02/2017

Decision due: 24 Jan 2017 by Officer Decision

Consultation process

The Portfolio Holder for Development and Museums and Museums Manager, CIMS have been consulted in making this decision. The Chair of the Friends of the Ipswich Museums has also been consulted and notes the following:


LO.2017.05 / IPSMG: R1929-57 John Constable, ‘Wily Lott’s Cottage’ 1816; IPSMG: R.1954-126.3 Harry Becker, ‘Landscape with Horses Ploughing’, c.1913-28; IPSMG: R.1954-126.8 Harry Becker, ‘Cutting Chaff in the Open’, c.1913-28.

Agreed: The Friends requested that a painting not usually on display be used to fill the gap in the Wolsey Art Gallery and suggested that another Becker might be appropriate.


LO.2018.01 / R.1955-126 Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Margaret Gainsborough, the Artist's Wife’

Agreed: This loan was enthusiastically supported by the Friends.