Chilford Hall Fire

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    dutchmaster2
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    Hi everyoneI wasn't able to log on last week.There has been some disturbing news. Just outside Cambridge, Chilford Hall a wedding venue and 17th Century barn was burnt down by vandals.I was there for a wedding last year and was lucky enough to see the Burial of John Kynance and Harry's Bar which both hung in the main hall.As far as I know everything was destroyed!So these 2 iconic paintings are now lost. Not surprisingly the local news teams did not pick up on the story and concentrated more on the loss of the venue, which in itself was naturally tragic.I think they were unaware of the importance of the works being destroyed.Sorry to be the bringer of bad news.I was absolutely gutted. :-[

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    Francis
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    Dutchmaster, I sincerely hope it's not true but I'll find out first thing tomorrow. Surely not.

    #11074

    TheWolfman
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    Oh God! A quick Google search confirms there was a fire and the barn and a number of adjoining rooms have been razed to the ground. This does not bode well. If the paintings were there then they might well be lost. I sincerely hope otherwise. Here's the initial statement from Chilford Hall:'We are extremely sad to confirm reports of a serious fire at Chilford Hall this morning. The Linton Hall Barn, Gallery Hall, Great Hall and Pavilion have been affected. Fire crews have been on the scene since the early hours of this morning. We are working hard to re-establish our communications system and phone lines and will be contacting our clients to inform them of this devastating news.'https://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=Chilford+Hall+fire&oq=Chilford+Hall+fire&aq=f&aqi=g4&aql=&gs_l=hp.3..0l4.1320.6931.0.7574.5.3.0.2.2.0.121.298.1j2.3.0...0.0.-zygLV3bqbQ&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=87ae8b6caad5ddc5&biw=1440&bih=724

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    Annie HillSmith
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    sad, sad, sad...

    #11076

    Francis
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    sad, sad, sad...

    Indeed, very, very sad news. Several major paintings have been lost. Tragically they include 'The Burial of John Kynance', 'Mr. Harry's Club', 'The Painter with Mary at Piermasters', 'The Blind leading the Blind', as well one or two others. What can I say?

    #11077

    old friend
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    I`m lost for words this is surely the birth of tragedy. These are pictures close to my heart.

    #11078

    sartre
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    Awful news. Thank God no-one was injured. There's a report at the BBC website, including a contribution from Francis:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-18618536

    #11079

    member555
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    Oh no, this is devastating news. It's so sad, it's such a terrible loss. Those paintings were iconic. A few years ago, I was lucky to have Fiona as a guide showing them to me. But the photographs and the memories are nothing compared to the real paintings. They will be deeply missed, not the least in future exhibitions, starting with Berlin.

    #11080

    eder
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    Reference this fire, which I agree was so sad, does anyone have images of two of the paintings lost. These are 'The Painter with Mary at Piermasters Restaurant' and the 'Study of Zelda Hill'.

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