Where can you see botanical art in the UK? Well according to my website in rather a lot of places! So much so I've had to reorganise my website to make the information easier to access.
So below is a guide to the various pages sitting under the UK tab on the Exhibitions Menu. One of the pages has also got a new URL!
The main page has a form and guidance to tell you how to tell me about an upcoming exhibition. If you provide good quality information and images you may also get a blog post about your exhibition!
Information about botanical art exhibitions in the UK
Celebrating a renovated Garden Museum
Tradescants’ Orchard: A Celebration of Botanical Art will be the first exhibition in the brand new exhibition space in the renovated Garden Museum (which has been closed for a major redevelopment in the past year).
The garden at the Museum re-opens on 22nd May. However the opening date for the exhibition is still not confirmed - but will be on display at between late May and September (opening date to be finalised)
The Tradescants' Orchard is a contemporary exhibition comprising watercolours by fifty eminent botanical artists is to be staged alongside a display of ‘The Tradescants’ Orchard’, a seventeenth-century volume of sixty-six watercolours depicting fruit varieties that John Tradescant and his son might have grown in their market garden at Lambeth.
Hence, the exhibition has two parts:
The Tradescants' Orchard
The Tradescants' Orchard is a practical document that records the size, colour and texture of fruit with their ripening dates.
“These two striking exhibitions celebrate the fine tradition of botanical art in Australia, from early 19th century watercolours to contemporary artworks, and reveal the extraordinary plant life abundant across Sydney and New South Wales,”
Mark Goggin, Executive Director of Sydney Living Museums
The fragrant Magnolia grandiflora, now a familiar plant in Sydney, was introduced to NSW by William Macarthur in the 1830s, and was growing not only in the Royal Botanic Garden but also in large private gardens by the early 1840s. Vaucluse House in the eastern suburbs reputedly grew one of the largest magnolias in the colony, its striking flowers and dark foliage providing a dramatic border to the pleasure garden of William Charles Wentworth where he also grew exotic plant species from across the world.
the works selected for this exhibition reveal not only a wide range of creatures and insects living amongst the flowers, but plants, either carnivorous or masters of mimicry, which trap insects for food and as a means of aiding pollination.
The Bauer Brothers "excelled in learning the principles of botanical illustration according to the Linnaean system of classification. This technique typically depicts the entire plant in flower, but separately represents the bud and fruit, often dissected to show the internal structure."
- Linnaeus worked at Clifford's estate near Haarlem between 1735 and 1737. Linnaeus described the plants growing there and wrote the Hortus Cliffortianus
Katherine Tyrrell writes about botanical art and artists and has followers all over the world.
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