Exhibition of work by Mrs E M Cheales

Following the exhibition of work by Mrs E M Cheales held in Horncastle in September the Society is mounting a larger exhibition in January 2019 at the Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre, 28 Plough Hill LN7 6LZ. The exhibition opens on Thursday 3 January and will be open daily (except Tuesdays) from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Admission free.

In 2017 the Society unearthed the collection of stunning wildflower watercolours by Miss May Lane-Claypon (later Mrs E M Cheales) which were re-discovered after spending over a hundred years in a cloth bag. We will have on display the full range of May’s botanical work including original paintings, and mounted and framed reproductions. A few of her later landscape paintings will also be on display.

May Lane-Claypon was born in 1872 and lived at Wyberton near Boston. She trained at the Slade School of Art and also studied in Germany. She became a knowledgeable botanist at a very early age, and developed a passion for illustrating the plants that she found growing near her home. She married Rev Cheales of Friskney and later in life produced wonderful religious paintings for Friskney church and turned her hand to portrait and landscape painting.

On Saturday 5th January Stuart Crooks, Vice-Chairman of the Society, will give a talk at the exhibition at 11.30am about May’s life and work.