Sleaford and District Civic Trust is hoping a limited edition run of prints from a newly-commissioned painting will be a popular money spinner.
The Trust has enlisted Rauceby landscape painter Malcolm Doughty to create a new image of Sleaford from which 500 prints will be sold for Trust funds.
Chairman Eddy Double said the idea came after the success of a limited edition print of an 18th century Turner painting of Sleaford church and Market Place over 20 years ago where the proceeds were shared between the Trust and church. Having failed to find a suitable image to do another print, the Trust turned to the popular professional artist. Malcolm opted to paint a similar view in acrylic. Mr Double said he is already getting orders for copies before they have even settled on how to print it: “We also need to decide where to put the original. I would like to hang it somewhere the public can view it such as the library or museum.”
His scene is set in spring with lots of bright detail, working from a couple of photos and some pencil sketches. He admitted he had used a little artistic licence to get the best view of St Denys’ Church and the vicarage.
“It needed the immediate impact of that well known view. I feel very honoured and flattered and very scared to have been commissioned,” he said.