AN expert on Renaissance art, examines the influence of foreign painters on British art during the 16th and 17th century and their enduring impact on the British School of Painting in a lecture at Tennants Garden Rooms, Leyburn, on December 10, from 2-3pm.

The Arts Society Wensleydale presents Leslie Primo, who gives a talk on Foreigners in London 1520-1677: artists who changed the course of British Art. This explores why foreign painters were preferred by the aristocracy in London to native-born English painters, why did they come in the first place and what was their impact on English art practice?

Leslie traces foreign artists from the Tudor period through to the Renaissance and Baroque, looking at their origins and how they came to work in England. He examines the contribution of artists such as Holbein, van Dyck, Lely, and Rubens, considering how these artists influenced the British School of Painting and assesses their legacy.

Leslie has lectured extensively at major institutions including the National Gallery, National Maritime Museum, Courtauld Institute, and the National Portrait Gallery. He is an entertaining, informative and popular presenter for The Arts Society nationally.

Tickets are £10 (refunded if you join TASW). Members of other Art Societies, with ID, pay £5. Contact 01845 567489 or for tickets, which are also available immediately prior to the lecture. See the website at for the 2019-2020 programme.