Pannett Art Gallery is Closed – William Gilbert Foster

Be inspired by this beautiful painting of a woman attending her vegetable patch at Runswick Bay.

Above Runswick Bay by William Gilbert Foster R.B.A.   1855 -1906 Oil on Canvas

The son and pupil of a Birkenhead portrait painter Foster eventually became the Under-Master at Leeds School of Art, teaching among others his fellow Staithes Group artist Owen Bowen.

In 1890 he bought a cottage in Runswick Bay and spent many summers there.

Foster was a founder member of the Staithes Group of Artists and was very supportive of the younger artists, providing advice, encouragement and help in selling their work.

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Above Runswick Bay by William Gilbert Foster R.B.A. 1855 -1906