The Guardian has reported on Tate Britain’s acquisition of William Stott of Oldham’s 1881 work Le Passeur (The Ferryman), which was purchased with support from the Hintze Family Foundation:
An important but little-known example of 19th-century British impressionism, depicting two girls gazing across a river as they wait for a ferryman, has been acquired for the nation.
Tate Britain has put on public display William Stott of Oldham’s Le Passeur (The Ferryman) (1881) which it has bought for £1.5m.
Alison Smith, Tate’s lead curator of British art, predicted it would become a gallery favourite. “It is an astonishing work, yet very subtle at the same time,” she said. “It is a lovely picture to look at and technically it is a tour de force but it is very calming as well, very meditative. We might get people coming here just for five minutes.”…
It has been acquired thanks to gifts from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund and the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation.