Today I published a new page About Marianne North in advance of the broadcast on Channel BBC4 this evening of a programme about Kew's Forgotten Queen (at 9pm)
Did you know that Marianne North painted painted over 800 paintings of plants and flowers while visiting 17 countries on 6 different continents in just over 13 years?
All after the age of 40 while dressed in long dresses and travelling solo?
Does that make you feel like she brings new meaning to the saying "Life begins at 40"?
You can find our more about her on the NEW page on this website (in the Past Masters, Botanical Art and Illustration section) which covers
Note: I've recently been developing and publishing a number of new pages for different famous botanical artists from the past and will be introducing them this week and next.
The Leicestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators's exhibition - ‘A Medieval Cornucopia’ is going to be rehung
When: 1st - 16th October 2016; Open any day except Friday between 11am and 5pm.
Where: The Great Hall, Burghley House - in Stamford in Lincolnshire
Regular readers of this blog will recall that this exhibition was first seen in Leicester in autumn 2015.
You can read more about the exhibition in my previous blog post A Medieval Cornucopia - a botanical art exhibition in Leicester. This explains how the exhibition is themed around the culinary plants that would have been available to the Royal Plantagenet household and the aristocracy.
This is the page about the exhibition on the Burghley House website
For the last six years Christina Hart-Davies has been working on a book called A Wild Plant Year (details below). Today it is officially launched at a large botanical art exhibition of the same name in Hampshire.
Exhibition - A Wild Plant Year
A solo exhibition is a major endeavour - especially when it comprises 234 paintings! All the artwork included in the book can be seen in the exhibition and it's all for sale. There are also more original works by Christina for sale plus books, cards and prints.
I've been a big admirer of her work for a number of years and this major retrospective is a big opportunity for collectors of botanical art!
You can see examples of Christina's work on her website - in terms of Wild Plants, Cultivated Plants, Mosses and Lichens and Monochrome and Line Work for publications
These are the details:
Plus there's the added bonus of an opportunity to visit these delightful gardens!
(Map of the Gardens 513 kB)
NEW Book - A Wild Plant Year
The book is also called A Wild Plant Year and the scope of the book is limited to wild flowers in the UK.
It was described to me by Christina as follows....
a book on wild plants of Britain and their cultural history, folklore, medicinal uses and country names. It's not a botany book or a field identification guide (which I am well used to illustrating), rather a slightly quirky compendium of odd facts about some of our native plants - all illustrated of course.
Christina sent me a copy to review and I was most impressed!
"Potions, Poisons, and Panacea - Medicinal and Pharmacological Botanical Illustrations" is a new exhibition at the Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion in Denver, Colorado organised by the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities in partnership with the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration.
About the exhibition
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