TWO oil paintings showing views of historical Bexley have been bought for the borough's museum collection at Hall Place.

One is a view from Bexleyheath towards Bexley Village painted in 1836 by Bexleyheath artist John Tennant. Several years after the oil painting was finished, Tennant became well known, exhibiting at the Royal Academy.

In the foreground of the painting is a farmer taking his animals to pasture.

The other painting is by a talented local amateur artist, William W Holdich. It is a view of St Mary's Church, in Bexley Village, from the south, painted in 1879. It shows a herd of cattle grazing peacefully in the foreground in a flower meadow which is now the graveyard.

The Friends of Bexley Museum has contributed to the cost of both the paintings. There were also grants from the Resource/Victoria and Albert Purchase Grant Fund towards the Holdich painting and the National Art Collections Fund for the Tennant painting.

Both paintings will go on display at Hall Place, in Bourne Road, Bexley, during summer.