The Arts Society Gainsborough and District

by | 31 May 2023 | Art, Gainsborough, Hobbies

On Thursday 1st June David Cross will speak to members of The Arts Society Gainsborough and District on ‘Beatrix Potter: Artists, Scientist and Philanthropist’. David specialises in Lake District artists of all genres.

As the daughter of socially aspirant parents, Beatrix suffered from professional constraint, but even before she published Peter Rabbit she channelled her considerable intellectual energy into both drawing and biological research.

Once financially independent, through writing and illustrating children’s books, she concentrated on breeding Herdwick sheep. Successful in all these fields, she lived a simple life in the Lake District but accumulated a considerable estate of lakeland farms which she bequeathed to the National Trust.

This lecture will outline her life and show the striking breadth of her scientific watercolours.

The next meeting, after the summer break, will be on Thursday 7th September with Lucia Gahlin on ‘The Colossal Art and Architecture of Egypt’s Boldest Pharaoh’.

The Trinity Arts Centre (TAC) opens doors from 12.00pm with a bar for hot and cold drinks. For membership enquiries or to book a light lunch at the TAC, please email

Visitors are always welcome; visitor fee £7.00 on the door. For further information please contact Chairman Leslie Whiting on 07871 459803.