A fascinating talk was again warmly received by the Gainsborough and District Fine Arts Society at their March meeting at the Trinity Arts Centre.
Renowned consultant on historic buildings, perennially popular, Dr David Bostwick received a warm welcome when he returned to the Trinity Centre to deliver the March lecture to members.
His subject was the close association between skilled craftsmen working during the early Tudor to Stuart period.
Examples of highly fashionable and fine quality brick and terracotta work, stone and timber were enjoyed on slides of stately houses mainly chosen from the north of England. The ‘free’ masons were able to travel around with their intricate designs and sketches which encouraged the sharing of ideas and the interplay of one craft with another - the stonemasons, carpenters, plasterers and even embroiderers.
The 16th Century was a period of great country house building where innovations and superb skills were being developed through the patronage of wealthy landowners and the more decorative parts of construction - wood carving, glazing, textiles and upholstery, made such houses complete.
The next meeting of the society is on 4th April when Anne Anderson will speak on ‘Olympians: The Classical World through Victorian Eyes’.
For membership details call Mrs B Jones on 01427 788568. Lunch can be booked by calling Rachel 01427 838780.
Entrance is £5 for visitors, who are always welcome to attend.