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Moving the Moon

The moon pastel hung on the northern section of the east wall in the entrance gallery for many years. It was taken down sometime in the later 1990s and moved to the stairs. It was found that the wall underneath was unpainted; the picture had evidently been left in place during a former redecoration.

The pastel was again moved for the 'moonscope' exhibition in 2007. It was initially simply rehung in the Special Exhibitions Gallery using the existing mirror plates. However Rebecca Hind, whose moon watercolours also featured in the exhibition, commented that it was really upside down. With her prompting, it was decided to turn it round and rehang it. It was only after doing so that Russell's signature - previously hidden away in the dark top corner but now lower right - was noticed and recorded.

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