A painting of an historic landmark in Cumbria will be returning to the UK for the first time in eight years.

Workington born Percy Kelly's iconic depiction of the Wellington Pit and Candlestick Chimney in Whitehaven was sold to a private buyer in London before he moved out to New York back in 2012.

But Cockermouth art gallery owner Steve Swallow, who bought the Castlegate House Gallery with his wife Christine in 2012, was able to convince the private owner that the painting belonged back in the North West.

He was able to repatriate the painting which will be on display at the gallery until early November with an £11,000 price tag attached to it.

Steve told LancsLive that the painting should strike a chord with the people of Whitehaven.

"It will mean an awful lot to a lot of people that know the town," said the gallery owner.

"Because of its subject matter and it relevance to Cumbria and Whitehaven it has to be considered in the top quartile of Percy Kelly's work.

"The painting is such a specific piece of work of a specific area which holds a lot of feelings and a lot of memories for people in Cumbria.

"I think it is likely to be owned by someone who knows the area well."

The painting by Percy Kelly will be available to buy for £11,000.

Percy Kelly was born in Workington, Cumbria in 1918 and left school at 14 to work for the Post Office.

Interrupted by war, he served in the Royal Signals, where his talent for drawing was utilised in the production of maps.

In 1946 Percy returned to the Post Office but continued painting and producing works of art in his spare time.

In 1961 he took up a full time place at the Carlisle College of Art and Design.

The Wellington Pit in Whitehaven.

Steve said: "He was a very interesting character, probably one of the most inventive and unique artists to come out of Cumbria over the last 100 years.

"He refused to sell his paintings throughout his lifetime and he only sold a few at patron exhibitions but he hated the experience.

"He knew he would be famous but not in his lifetime and he wanted to leave that to other people."

Because Percy refused to sell much of his work he died in poverty in 1993 while living in Norfolk.

In 2012 the Whitehaven painting was sold to a buyer in London after it was exhibited at the city gallery Messums.

The buyer took the painting to upstate New York but this year Steve was able to convince the painting's owner that Cumbria was its true home.

"The painting was likely to be appreciated by a wider audience in England than in New York," said Steve.

"I'm not sure the painting gelled with the world of appreciation over in America.

"We thought it our duty to bring it home and that’s exactly what we did.”

The mostly black painting depicts the Wellington coal pit which was subject toan explosion in 1910, killing 136 men and boys.

Wellington Pit was recognisable due to its iconic Candlestick Chimney, the only part of colliery to survive to this day.

The iconic painting will be on show at the Castlegate exhibition until November 7 alongside a more abstract Kelly piece called Cornish Harbour which is on sale for £8,000.