Charles Darwin's descendant in town at Harrogate art gallery

Exhibition - Harrogate artist Moira McTague.
Exhibition - Harrogate artist Moira McTague.

Charles Darwin's great grandson is coming to Harrogate tonight, Friday.

William Pryor will be giving a talk at an invitation-only talk at 108 Fine Art gallery on Cold Bath Road.

The occasion is the lanuch of a new double-headed exhibition combining the striking prints and wood engravings of Charles Darwin’s granddaughter Gwen Raverat with the gorgeous etchings and watercolours of contemporary Harrogate artist Moira McTague.

The talk is a typically imaginative move by 108 Fine Art, a Harrogate gallery which always strives to bring national standards to a local setting.

Called The Art of a Darwin, only a limited number of places are available at the gallery whose premises on Cold Bath Road are usually marked by the presence of a huge flag flapping over the passing cars.

Attending the Slade School in 1908, Gwen Raverat was one of the first British women to insist on and achieve professional training as an artist.

The resultant wood engravings were well worth Raverat’s perserverance and won her admirers and friends such as Eric Gill, Stanley Spencer and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The internationally-exhibited Moira McTague has worked for the past 26 years from her studio in rural North Yorkshire.

Specialising in etching on copper plate, her exquisitely-made artworks are grounded on daily notebooks and sketches of the natural world around her.

Moira said: “Sometimes it is enough to see the shape of a bird, feather or flower, to want to capture it for its own sake, to explore and rejoice in a tiny element of the world.”

Original Prints, Drawings and Watercolours – Gwen Raverat and Moira McTague runs at 108 Fine Art from August 6-27.