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A Surrey church is in the process of restoring the murals of an unannounced female artist whose paintings have been described by experts as ‘of national significance’.

Work began at St Mark’s in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale to clean and re-color life-size pieces made in the early 20th century by Kitty Milroy, who lived in the nearby town of Farnham.

Milroy died in 1966, aged 81, and despite her rooms filling the choir walls between the altar for nearly a century, the artwork had largely gone unnoticed until that it stumbled across about five years ago by Nick Seversway, a local painting restorer.

Work has started at St Mark's in Badshot Lea and Hale Parish to clean and re-color life-size pieces completed in the early 20th century by Kitty Milroy (pictured).  Pic: Nick Seversway
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Much of Kitty Milroy’s work had gone unnoticed until it stumbled across some five years or so. Pic: Nick Seversway

That day, during an evening service, he watched the moonlight hit his depictions of scenes from the Bible, locals, and landscapes, becoming “obsessed” with knowing more about them.

“Looking at the paintings I was struck by how sad it was that they were deteriorating,” said Mr. Seversway, who helped set up a “Kitty Committee,” working with local historians and the parish to examine hundreds of documents, building up a picture of who Milroy was.

“They are absolutely perfectly prepared.

“It would be something very difficult for a simple amateur to do.”

As Mr. Seversway and historians uncovered the history of Milroy’s family, the church campaigned for donations, ultimately raising enough money to pay for the services of mural curators Stephen Rickerby and Lisa Shekede. , who started working on art in April.

Work has started at St Mark's in Badshot Lea and Hale Parish to clean and re-color life-size pieces completed in the early 20th century by Kitty Milroy.  Pictured Nick Seversway
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Nick Seversway, an image conservator, researched the artist and his work
Work has started at St Mark's in Badshot Lea and Hale Parish to clean and re-color life-size pieces completed in the early 20th century by Kitty Milroy
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Parish raises £ 10,000 to cover extra costs, like a new roof to protect paintings from water damage

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This notice was published: 2021-05-15 20:10:00