Re­mem­ber­ing Dick Potts

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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)

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