As a small charity with limited financial resources, the Perth-based Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) relies heavily on the creativity and motivation of its staff and volunteers, and goodwill from a whole host of contributors from around the world. But, with this support, it really does achieve a lot…

One of the most impressive examples of this was a recent commission by the Society for a new painting of Perth. Delivered by local artist Rob Hain, the result is a vividly colourful and richly interesting new depiction of ‘The Fair City’, complete with humorous references to well-known people, places and events around Perth.

A brief viewing of the artwork, for instance, reveals both the exhilarating Tay Descent and the zany Kilt Run, landmarks such as the Perth Concert Hall and The Fair Maid’s House, and local characters such as the Perth Scooter Gran. For many, however, it’s the small details that have really captured the imagination, with each new viewing uncovering a new character, joke or quirk such as the frolicking giraffe featured in the bottom corner of the painting!

Since it was unveiled during the summer, over 50 prints of Rob’s painting have been sold to locals and art collectors alike… and now, only a few limited edition prints remain. Oh, in addition to the eye-catching original, which is currently available for £7,500 if your budget stretches that far…!

So, you’re probably wondering: how can I get hold of a print? And, where can I view (or purchase!) the original?

The answer is at our upcoming RSGS Christmas Fair, on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December. At this festive occasion, there will be cheer, merriment and scintillating gift ideas on offer. In addition to Rob Hain’s painting, guests will also have the chance to meet Jo Woolf, the author of our recently commissioned book, The Great Horizon, peruse some of our priceless archive pieces, support some adventurous students from Perth Academy, and indulge in some tasty yuletide treats!

What’s not to love?

The Christmas Fair is free of charge and open to all, so please come along to the Fair Maid’s House, Perth, PH1 5LU for an early dose of festive fun on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December. Open daily between 10:30 and 16:00.

Retail Prices of Rob Hain’s Limited Edition Prints:

600 x 400 = £120 (no frame)

600 x 400 = £220 (framed)


1200 x 800 = £250 (no frame)

1200 x 800 = £500 (framed)