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LAST CROMER LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S ART COLLECTION TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CROMER HOSPITAL CANCER WARD

22nd Mar 2021
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Part of the art collection amassed by the last keeper of Cromer lighthouse is to go under the hammer in Norfolk this week – with all proceeds going to help equip the new cancer ward at Cromer Hospital.

Fifteen canvasses by renowned English artist Luke Morgan are among the collection, which was owned by the late Graham Fearn, keeper at Cromer lighthouse from 1982 until its closure in 1990.  Mr Fearn died in 2018, aged 93.

The canvasses will go under the hammer as part of Keys Auctioneers’ monthly Picture Sale, on Friday 26th March.

The pictures were found in the attic of Mr Fearn’s house by his daughter, who decided to donate them to Cromer Hospital, as Mr Fearn spent a long and happy retirement in the town.  The Friends of Cromer Hospital, which is seeking to raise £500,000 to equip the new ward, is putting the pictures up for auction with the support of the Fearn family, with all proceeds going to the appeal.

The fifteen canvasses by Luke Morgan are the highlight of the collection.  Morgan was born in Coventry in 1969 and educated at Bristol Polytechnic and the University of Warwick.  He spent time in Norfolk, and several of the canvasses up for auction this week depict the county.  The artist won the Eastern Open King’s Lynn Doric Art Prize in 2002, mounting a one man show in the town the same year.

“It is very generous of the Fearn family to donate these pictures to such a good local cause, and we are delighted to be auctioning them on the hospital’s behalf,” said Keys director Tim Blyth.

“We have already had lots of interest from collectors right across the UK, and we hope that the sale will raise a good amount to support those fighting cancer in north Norfolk.”

The Keys Picture Sale takes place on Friday 26th March at 10.30am on Keys live online bidding platform KeysLive.  For details of the sale, and to bid, visit bid.keysauctions.co.uk.