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Le Passeur (The Ferryman) stands out as the most ambitious impressionist work of William Stott of Oldham's career and was painted at the international artists’ colony of Grez-sur-Loing in France.

Le Passeur (The Ferryman) 1881 was purchased with funds provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation) and The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation. The painting will be displayed at Tate Britain until January 2018 and will then tour to four UK-partner galleries: Oriel y Parc, Southampton City Art Gallery, Gallery Oldham and Aberdeen Art Gallery, supported by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the John Ellerman Foundation and Art Fund.