Artwork remembers German bombardment of Hartlepool

WORK OF ART: David Worthington holding a limited edition print in front of James Clark's original painting
WORK OF ART: David Worthington holding a limited edition print in front of James Clark's original painting
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LIMITED edition prints of one of the town’s most iconic paintings are up for grabs.

James Clark’s ‘Bombardment of the Hartlepools’ painting was recently restored after funding from waste management company Niramax.

Now limited edition prints of the 1915 artwork can be bought from Hartlepool Art Gallery and Hartlepool Maritime Experience.

130 prints have been produced – the total reflecting the number of people who died when German ships bombarded Hartlepool on December 16, 1914.

Various events are planned to take place later this year to mark the anniversary of the Bombardment, and council bosses are hoping the paintings will capture the imagination of local residents keen to snap up a piece of Hartlepool’s history.

David Worthington, Head of Culture and Information at Hartlepool Borough Council, says the painting is a way of showing how big a role the town played in the early stages of the First World War.

He said: “This is a unique opportunity for people to purchase a limited edition print of James Clark’s iconic oil painting.

“This historically important work depicts the bombardment and the large part Hartlepool played in the early stages of the First World War.”

The prints, priced £30 each, are available from Hartlepool Art Gallery, which is located in Church Square, and Hartlepool Maritime Experience.

The newly restored ‘Bombardment of the Hartlepools’ painting is currently on show, alongside artefacts from the First World War, in an exhibition called Voices of the Bombardment, at the Museum of Hartlepool.

The Museum of Hartlepool is open from 10am-4pm on Tuesday-Sunday.