I was born and brought up in the Oxfordshire village of East Hendred, just below the Ridgeway. In 2005, I had the honour of being asked by the Hendred Heritage Trust to take the official photograph of a painting by the late Thomas F M Sheard RA, who lived in the village in the early 1900's.
'The Jumble Sale' (also known as 'Hendred Feast') is in oil on canvas and measures some eight feet by four. The painting had been hung in various village locations and stored for many years in unsuitable conditions. The ravages of damp, dust and extremes of temperature had not been kind.
However, it was decided that such an important historic document of village life deserved better and in 2005 funding was obtained for a full-scale restoration of the picture by professional conservator, Claire Waterhouse, at the Oxfordshire Museums Service HQ at Witney.
It now hangs in the Hendred Museum www.hendredmuseum.org.uk at Champs Chapel, in a specially designed and climate-controlled case.
The picture is represented in the Public Catalogue Foundation's new volume on Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. www.thepcf.org.uk