The early part of the nineteenth century saw a rise in the popularity of botanical and natural history drawing. In Beverley, a young woman named Elizabeth Lambert (1791 – 1830) was captivated by this popular hobby. Over her relatively short lifetime, Elizabeth produced hundreds of finely detailed drawings and watercolours.
Not only a talented artist, Elizabeth was also musical and played the organ at St Mary’s Church. For many years, Elizabeth’s portfolio of surviving artworks was stored in California, in the care of a descendent Nicholas McGregan, who has spent his working life as an international conductor of classical music.