Remembering Dick Potts
AFUND has been set up in memory of former GWCT director Dick Potts, the scientist who was the driving force in grey-partridge conservation as well as the author of a pioneering study on arable ecosystems and the founder of the Joint Raptor Project at Langholm Moor. He died in March aged 77. The Dick Potts Legacy Fund, for which some £13,000 has already been raised, will cover the expense of small conservation-research projects; the GWCT (www. gwct.org.uk) will handle applications annually. To donate to the fund, visit www.justgiving.com and look for ‘dickpotts memorial’.
‘A pictoral hymn to her glorious corn-gold hair’, Lady Lilith will be auctioned for the first time in 30 years, on July 13 at Sotheby’s, London W1. Painted during Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s most innovative period in the 1860s, when he created the cult of the Pre-raphaelite beauty, or ‘Stunner’ as he called them, the work depicts his first mistress, Fanny Cornforth. Exceptionally rare, it comes in Rossetti’s original frame with his handwritten poem attached to the backing board. £400,000– £600,000 (www.sothebys.com)