Flight Into Egypt

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"Flight into Egypt (considered by Goodall to be his finest work) 1884 RA (Note - at least one smaller copy made) "
This large painting is on permanent display in the Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, in the North Island of New Zealand.
Our records note that it was exhibited in Royal Academy in London in 1884 (as mentioned in your excellent web-site) and that it was sent to New Zealand where it was displayed in the Auckland Exhibition 1913 -1914.
The painting remained in New Zealand as a result of the Great War and the prohibitive cost of sending it back to England.
In 1919 the purpose-built Sarjeant Gallery was opened and the painting was placed on loan to us.
It was subsequently purchased with funds raised by public subscription, and is referred to in our Records by its Accession Number 1922/3/1.
You will be pleased to learn that it has recently received remedial conservation (carried out in situ owing to the painting's size) by Conservators from Auckland Art Gallery with funding we obtained through the NZ Lotteries Board.
My office is adjacent to the painting and I hear lots of favourable comments from visitors, impressed by the painting's grandeur.
For your records, the dimensions of the painting are:
Sight :         212 x 364cm (6' 11 7/16" x 11' 11 5/16")
Support :    214.5 x 366.5cm (7' 7/16" x 12' 5/16")
Frame:        263.5 x 416cm (8' 7 3/4" x 13' 7 3/4")
There are subtle differences from the smaller version you have illustrated on your marvellous web-site. A digital image is attached; I grant permission for you to include it in your web-site with appropriate attribution. The Sarjeant Gallery is a public art museum funded by the Wanganui District Council.
Regards and best wishes,
Denis Rainforth