Nineteenth Century artwork discovered in a Town Hall basement has been auctioned to raise nearly £20,000.
Four original paintings dating back to the 1870s were discovered by the late Mayor of Lambeth, Cllr Mark Bennett, in Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton.
They were sold for a combined £19,900 when they were put up for auction on Tuesday with the money to be used for the restoration of Lambeth’s War Memorials and works of art in the Town Hall.
Sadly Mayor Bennett, who was a keen local historian, passed away suddenly in February, not long after making the discovery while researching the history of Lambeth for a book he was writing.
Cllr Bennett’s successor as Mayor Cllr Adedamola Aminu said: “Cllr Bennett was fascinated by local history and it was his inquisitive nature that brought these paintings to light.
“It is in his honour that we have raised funds through the sale of these paintings to invest in our borough’s important historical memorials and art work.”
The pictures, by Alfred Augustus Glendening, Alfred Williams, Adam Edwin Proctor and Edwin Ellis, had been stored in the council’s basement for many years before being discovered last year.
It is thought that they were first displayed in Lambeth’s old town hall building in Kennington and brought to Brixton as early as 1908.
Under the Beeches by Alfred Augustus Glendening (1874-75) sold for £12,000