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March Lecture at Purley Barn

The History of Botanical Art 

a talk by Sally Pinhey JP

Friday 24 March 2023 at 7.30pm

We are very pleased to welcome Sally Pinhey to give our spring Lecture for 2023. Sally is one of Britain’s foremost botanical illustrators. Her work is known for its liveliness, charm and detail as well as botanical accuracy, holding numerous RHS Medals.

The History of Botanical Art is moulded by three main factors: changing purposes, changing techniques and development of magnification aids.  Sally's talk follows these developments and traces the connection to the changing trends in botanical illustrations over the centuries, bringing us to the present day of digital photography.

Sally Pinhey has been a botanical art instructor for Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, Dorset, for the Springhead Trust and for the Eden Project. She publishes and markets her designs as prints and greetings cards from her home near Dorchester.

Sally Pinhey JP qualified as a social worker at Exeter University and pursued a career in social work and personnel management, serving as a Magistrate. She travelled with her husband and painted botanical subjects (primarily in watercolour) in New Zealand, Washington USA, the Mediterranean region and elsewhere in Europe.

Sally has held 15 solo exhibitions since 1983 in Cornwall, Dorset, Sussex, Wiltshire, London and Italy. She regularly exhibits with the Royal Horticultural Society. She has received 2 silver gilt medals for her detailed botanical works, in 1997 and 1999, and 2 silver medals in 1992 and 2001. She is a full member of the Association of Illustrators, the Armed Forces Art Society and Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society.
In 1997 she co-authored (with Jim Arbury) the book "Pears" (103 pp), illustrating 55 different pears with blossoms and cross sections and in 2002 followed this with "Plums" (also with Jim Arbury: 78 pp). In 2014 she published "The Botanical Illustrator's Handbook" (128 pp) and was then commissioned by CAB International in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, to publish "Plants for Soil Regeneration", which she produced in 2022 (175 pp), with Margaret Tebbs.
This event is kindly sponsored by our President, Dr Christina Hill Williams DL. 


Venue: Purley Barn, off Beech Road, Purley-on-Thames, Berkshire RG8 8DR.

Time: Refreshments will be served from 7.30pm

Booking: Tickets are £12 (BGT members) and £15 for guests and non-members. 


Queries: Kim Hacker at BerksGTmembership@gmail for queries about lecture, ot to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

NOTE: We will be taking photos during this event. Please let Kim know when you arrive if you do NOT wish to have your photo taken.

All pictures courtesy of Sally Pinhey

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