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To celebrate the centenary of the birth of The Leat, that important Dartmoor Pony bred by the Prince of Wales at Tor Royal Stud,

Tor Royal is hosting the release of the book

‘Hooves in the heather and a little history’ by West Country artist Virginia Pope, along with an exhibition of her paintings.

September 9th – September 30th open 2pm- 6pm daily. Except Tuesdays when it will be closed.

  October 1st – 26th Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 2pm - 6pm.

Admission free.

Virginia is an established and well regarded British painter, best known as animalier, she paints mainly in oil, water colour and pastel.  Virginia portrays what she understands, knows and loves.

Virginia Pope, born 1949 in the Cherry Valley, Oxon, moved to Devonshire in 1954 to an ancient thatched longhouse just a quick canter down the lane from Dartmoor. Over the years this awe inspiring wilderness has never been out of view to her, it is her passion and from whence much of her work evolves.

Virginia lives with her family at the top of Dornaford Moor, with panoramic views to Dartmoor proper, her studio is the converted end of a long 1940’s chicken hut. During the summer months when the studio door is flung open, I have seen the points of reference strolling in and out of there, including, donkeys, dogs, chickens and a turkey once. Rabbit does favour the underneath of the studio for raising their kittens. I can vouch for that!

Virginia’s time out, the garden, the animals and more Dartmoor, not time off, whilst there is all this to see, the painting process never stops.

Mr MacGregor