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A cherished painting known as The White Lady was returned to Roedean today, following its restoration by local art conservator, Mr Stig Evans.
It is a portrait of a former pupil, M A Brunner (Mrs H P Lowe) who attended the school from 1887-1889. The artist is Thomas Benjamin Kennington (1856-1916), a London based painter who specialised in portraits of the middle classes.
Kennington was an artist of some repute and exhibited internationally in Paris, Rome and throughout Europe, as well as prestigious venues such as the Royal Academy in London.
This painting, which dates from 1898, was desperately in need of conservation work as it was extremely dusty and the frame needed consolidating. It is now restored to its former glory and looks fabulous, with lots of lovely detail, particularly on her dress, now clearly visible.
The painting will be hung on the Mezzanine floor of the library, in place of the portrait of former Headmistress Norah Horobin.