Patrons of Botanical Art
A timeline of the people who encouraged and sponsored botanical art over the centuries
Scope and Purpose
This NEW page aims to be a timeline of patrons across the centuries.
It will also have linked pages which cover particularly prominent individuals who are important to the development of botanical art.
In part this page is being developed to highlight the distinction between:
The people covered on this page will include the following (there are more names to be added).
These are the people covered by this page on this website. (in chronological order). Those with a dedicated page on this website have names highlighted in blue - denoting a link to their page
Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753)
Anglo-Irish physician, naturalist and collector. President of the Royal Society and President of the Royal College of Physicians. He bought the manor of Chelsea and provided the grounds for the Chelsea Physic Garden. His bequest related to his collections formed the basis of the British Museum and subsequently part of the Natural History Museum Collection of Botanical Art.
Joseph Banks (1743-1820)
British naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences. He:
William Curtis (1746–1799)
English botanist who was the demonstrator of plants and Praefectus Horti at the Chelsea Physic Garden from 1771 to 1777. He
Wilfrid Blunt (1901-1987)
School Teacher and Botanical Art Historian. His book The Art of Botanical Illustration is the 'bible' of botanical art. He also taught Rory McEwen at Eton and advised him about the botanical illustrators to study
Shirley Sherwood (1933-to date)
Botanical Art Collector and author whose family created the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art - the first Art Gallery dedicated to the display of Botanical Art by a variety of botanical artists. Her books have helped promote a renaissance in botanical art.
HRH The Prince of Wales (19 to date)
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