Keighley picture of Queen Victoria is restored

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Museum assistant Andy Moore with the newly-restored painting of Queen Victoria with the crown on its frame Museum assistant Andy Moore with the newly-restored painting of Queen Victoria with the crown on its frame

An elaborate frame surrounding a portrait of Queen Victoria at Cliffe Castle has had its gilded, carved crown restored.

The crown’s restoration concludes a 20-year project to locate the portrait and display it at the Keighley museum.

The painting, now in Cliffe Castle’s breakfast room, was bought for the castle in the 1880s but was thought to have been lost when the contents were sold in the 1940s.

Museum manager Daru Rooke said: “Miraculously a member of our staff spotted the painting in a Nottingham antiques centre.

“Unfortunately several decades in storage had caused a good deal of damage to the frame.”

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