The RHS Lindley Library remains closed for the time being - but has started having exhibitions again!
The exhibitions are online and include:
Enduring Beauty: Orchid Portraits of the RHS
The RHS has employed an official artist to paint beautiful life-size portraits of orchids for over 120 years.
This exhibition opened in the Library just before lockdown started. It was going to provide a spectacular display of recent RHS orchid portraits - including the latest portraits by current RHS Orchid Artist, Deborah Lambkin.
Deborah is the ninth official RHS orchid painter since the first postholder was appointed in 1897
The digital exhibition:
READ MORE about Deborah Lambkin in my blog posts:
Healing Garden: A History of Medicinal Plants
This exhibition reviews:
You can also READ MORE about Herbals on this website
Worth a Thousand Words
This digital exhibition is the equivalent of the exhibition held in the Lindley Library during the RHS Botanical Art Show in 2018.
"Worth a Thousand Words" is about the RHS Gold Medal winning paintings in the botanical art collection.You can see:
In this instance, the digital exhibition is for RHS Members only - or rather those who have got an online RHS account (like me!)
However everybody can read more about that exhibition - and see some of the images - in my blog post Worth a Thousand Words - exhibition at the RHS.
However you can see much larger images of the work in the online exhibition.
So if you're an RHS member and have not got your online account sorted yet, now's the time to do it!
I was looking for images of flowers and plants associated with Christmas this morning - and came across the Black Hellebore (c.1530s) in the German Herbal "Herbarum vivae eicones" by Otto Brunfels (c. 1489-1534), who is known today as one of the three German ‘Fathers of Botany’
Helleborus niger, is commonly called Christmas rose or black hellebore, is an evergreen perennial flowering plant in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. [NOTE: Caution should be exercised when touching any Helleborus as the roots of all Helleborus are said to be strongly emetic and potentially fatal.]
Below is more about Herbarum vivae eicones and the German artist who drew the naturalistic images of plants for this landmark publication in the development of botanical art.
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A landmark publication in the development of botanical illustration
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