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Search: Magnolia. Botanical Illustrations. Soon is spring. Artwork by @mrs_heberling and featured in @NewPhyt, @Ecology_Letters, @Botanical_ APPS, and most recently, my office bulletin board that I rarely see anymore. Illustrations of plant-root systems from 1919. In 1919, the American biologist John Ernest Weaver published The Ecological Relations of Roots, a study of the root-systems of desert plants.

Illustrations of plant-root systems from 1919

It contains some truly amazing hand-drawn illustrations of roots; he credits Annie Mogensen and F. C. Jean for working on the images. I'd love to blow up one of these as a huge poster to put on my wall! I'm not sure if I could get scans high-res enough to make them really big, but the whole book is scanned and in the public domain over the Internet Archive. What is botanical art?

How do you create botanical art?

What is botanical art?

The process of creating a plate is collaborative and scientific. Together, the scientist and the artist go through a long discussion about the specimen, and which details are essential to bring out that will form part of the record, and a reference for other scientists. The artist will decide whether to use pen and ink, or watercolour and their initial sketches. Lucy says, ‘A specimen could come to us bent, folded or misshapen. It could be a dried Herbarium specimen, or in spirit alcohol. Artists will either boil up or soak the material, pull it apart, or even dissect it with delicate care to see how the plant is put together. They will measure the specimen to ensure the drawing is to scale, and inspect the colours to make sure their watercolour plate will be true to life.

Frances Sargent Osgood and the Language of Flowers: A 19th Century Literary Genre of Floriography and Floral Poetry. Cover.

Frances Sargent Osgood and the Language of Flowers: A 19th Century Literary Genre of Floriography and Floral Poetry

Osgood, Frances Sargent (editor). The Floral Offering, A Token of Friendship (1847). Contributed in BHL from Chicago Botanic Garden, Lenhardt Library. Digitization sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Language of Flowers genre is at the intersection of botany, horticulture, natural history, art, poetry, and women’s studies. Some stunning plates from John Martyn's Historia Plantarum Rariorum (1728-1738) @theULSpecColl CCF.47.34. The plates were funded by botanists including Hans Sloane, George Clifford, John Wilmer, and Stephen Hales. Many relate to specimens in @CUHerb. Artists in Edwards’s Botanical Register. Edwards’s Botanical Register was a serial publication consisting of 19 volumes, plus an appendix that ran from 1829-1847 and was edited by John Lindley (1799–1865).

Artists in Edwards’s Botanical Register

This series was preceded by The Botanical Register, which was started and edited by Sydenham Teast Edwards (1768-1819) and ran from 1815-1828 for a total of 14 volumes. Volumes 15 through 32 of Edwards’s Botanical Register have hundreds of beautiful illustrations that were printed from copper engravings; volume 33’s illustrations were produced from lithographs and hand-colored. Along with several others, both Lindley and Edwards produced illustrations for this series. Like many natural history works, the artists are often uncredited in the actual text of Edwards’s Botanical Register, so determining the creator of the illustration requires careful examination of signatures on the individual plates, as well as research in reliable secondary sources.

Botanical illustration is becoming endangered, but the job is essential. Illustrations from the golden age of botanical art. All of which explains why the discovery of an album of 69 botanical illustrations by Lady Maria Compton, Marchioness of Northampton (1766-1843), her teacher Margaret Meen (circa 1755-1824) and her niece Emma Smith (1801-1876) — who later married Jane Austen’s nephew — is such a rare find.

Illustrations from the golden age of botanical art

‘We know very little about these women, so this is a valuable record of three remarkably talented painters,’ says Kishor. Illustration and Representation — Dumbarton Oaks. In the unsigned preface to Franz Bauer’s Delineations of Exotick Plants Cultivated in the Royal Garden at Kew (1796), Joseph Banks (1743–1820) wrote of the plates, which are accompanied by no text except their Linnaean names: It will appear singular at first sight, that engravings of plants should be published without the addition of botanical descriptions of their generic and specific characters; but it is hoped that every botanist will agree, when he has examined the plates with attention, that it would have been a useless task to have compiled, and superfluous expense to have printed, any kind of explanation concerning them; each figure is intended to answer itself every question a botanist can wish to ask, respecting the structure of the plant it represents; the situation of leaves and flowers are carefully imitated, and the shape of each is given in a magnified, as well as in a natural size.

Illustration and Representation — Dumbarton Oaks

How did people see plants? If I am not deceived by my own passion . . . Bleichmar, Daniela. RHS Lindley Library – Digital collections.


RHS Lindley Library – Digital collections. Hideo Horikoshi, Chrysanthemum × morifolium ‘Edo’ (Chrysanthemum) Watercolour on paper, 2016-2017 © Hideo Horikoshi The Edo-giku chrysanthemum date from the early 1800s.

RHS Lindley Library – Digital collections

Hideo Horikoshi studied these classical Japanese flowers at the National Museum of Japanese History and the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. He completed his painting over two growing seasons, a year apart. He beautifully captures how the flowers’ petals twist as they mature. Let's Talk About Botanical?


National Gallery of Ireland. Watch this illustrated talk by Alexandra Caccamo, Librarian at the National Botanic Gardens, who discusses the work of Lydia Shackleton and Alice Jacob, specifically their paintings of orchids.

National Gallery of Ireland

Both artists feature in our exhibition Drawn from Nature: Irish Botanical Art. Drawn from Nature celebrates three centuries of Irish botanical art. The exhibition includes drawings, watercolours, prints, and illustrated publications dating from the 1700s to the modern day. Oak Spring Garden Foundation - Introducing Fantastic Flora. Plants are much more than décor for your desk, or greenery for your lawn.

Oak Spring Garden Foundation - Introducing Fantastic Flora

They are diverse, living beings that serve countless critical roles within our world. Humans rely on plants for everything from food, to medicine, to providing us with beauty and creative inspiration, but their value far exceeds these uses. Plants are crucial to all life on earth, and understanding their role in complex natural systems – and their amazing ability to adapt and survive in a changing world - can help us provide a better future for our planet. Sparking public dialogue about plants and the environment is a major part of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s mission, and we are excited to announce the launch of a free, digital educational exhibit that features the fascinating world of plants. Potato watercolors.

Close Watercolors of potato plants, approximately 1820. ecb00003.

Potato watercolors

A Calcutta botanical drawing of Hamiltonia suaveolens with an interesting provenance. Henry Noltie Some years ago, as part of the barter economy, I acquired a handsome, but all but empty, early nineteenth-century album, its calf spine lettered in gilt ‘CHINESE PAINTINGS’. The binding is a luxurious one, of small-folio size, with marbled boards and olive-green, watered-silk endpapers. Tipped onto its flyleaf is a later, supplementary sheet signed with the names Katherine Amelia and Elizabeth Margaret Hibbert and the date 21 August 1845. When I received the album it still contained a loose sheet with a manuscript list of the Canton botanical drawings it had once housed, but the drawings themselves had long since been excised leaving only the stumps of their backing sheets. On his exile to Elba, Napoleon vowed he’d return to Paris the next year, just as his favourite flower, the violet, did each spring. Here, Canu celebrates that return in March 1815 by hiding silhouettes of Napoleon, his son & 2nd wife Marie Louise in b.

The Old Operating Theatre Museum. Uvae ursi - Achostaphylos - Bearberry a.k.a. Edible Plants from the Americas. It’s here at last! Happy First Day of Spring!... Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew : The Wallich Collection. Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection : Free Texts : Free Download, Borrow and Streaming. Cover title Topics: Nursery stock Pennsylvania Catalogs, Flowers Catalogs, Bulbs (Plants) Catalogs Caption title Topics: Seeds Catalogs, Seed industry and trade Ohio Columbus Catalogs, Vegetables Ohio Columbus Catalogs,...

Dr Shirley Sherwood shares her insights on modern botanical art. Lichen. Water-color sketches of plants of North America and Europe v.9. Botanical illustration is becoming endangered, but the job is essential. Wageningen University & Research - Image Collections - Wageningen University & Research - Image Collections. Late 17c Chinese Drawings of Plants (Cunninghame?) Botany. Herbals - BOTANICAL ART & ARTISTS. TimelineJS Embed. TimelineJS Embed. Belgique horticole v.26. UW-Milwaukee Special Collections. Millions of Free Botanical Illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library. French Savants of Napoleon's Egyptian Expedition Collection. The people and plants shaping modern medicine - Oak Spring Garden Foundation. Gallica. Magnifique planche de botanique japonaise créée vers 1876 du @MuseeEducation à découvrir dans la carte blanche donnée à Arnaud Nebbache pour #LaRonde : goût de l'ailleurs et goût des sciences...…

An interview with William Dalrymple, by Mark Rappolt / ArtReview. This December, the Wallace Collection in London hosts Forgotten Masters: Indian Paintings for the East India Company, curated by the award-winning historian, writer and curator (and cofounder of the annual Jaipur Literary Festival) William Dalrymple. The exhibition, which roughly spans the years between 1770 and 1840, is billed as the first in Britain dedicated to the Indian artists who were commissioned by British patrons associated with the East India Company, artists whose work (much of which was destined for export to Europe) has been generally grouped, by art historians and curators, under the umbrella term ‘Company Painting’ rather than credited to individuals.

Moreover, the exhibition attempts to argue that these individuals deserve a place in the history of Indian art more than they merit a place in the history of colonialism. William Dalrymple: Correct. The East India Company was very different in so many ways from the Raj. WD: I don’t think it’s a deliberate ploy. Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company - The Wallace Collection. Harvard Botanical Illustrations - CURIOSity Digital Collections. Colored and uncolored images in 16th–17th-century plant books. A previous owner colored some of the images in Hunt Institute's copy of Matthias de L'Obel's Plantarum seu Stirpium Icones (Antwerp, Christophe Plantin, 1581). Based on the method of coloring, especially in the areas where the coloring was most sophisticated, we assume that this was a modern owner. While the quality of the coloring was poor in the majority of images, in some it was quite beautifully done and substantially changed the impact of the illustrations from an aesthetic perspective.

What is botanical art? Incredible 19th-Century Botanical Catalog Put Online and Made Interactive. Designer Nicholas Rougeux has spent the last year combining his love for data visualization with his tech skills to lovingly restore and place 19th-century texts online. Making of the Illustrations of the Natural Orders of Plants - C82: Works of Nicholas Rougeux. If someone told me when I was young that I would spend three months of my time tracing nineteenth century botanical illustrations and enjoy it, I would have scoffed, but that’s what I did to reproduce Elizabeth Twining’s Illustrations of the Natural Orders of Plants and I loved every minute.

After the unexpected successes of my Byrne’s Euclid and Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours projects (for which I’m very grateful) I got the itch to follow them up with another reproduction of an obscure catalog from the 1800s. However, finding interesting obscure catalogs want an easy task when I didn’t know what would pique my interest.

Illustrations of the Natural Orders of Plants. The Pomological Watercolors: A Collection of Watercolor Fruit Paintings. Medicinae Plantae Healing plants through time. Digital Exhibition Item Description: Why the USDA Hired Artists to Paint Thousands of Fruits. Collection: Conrad Loddiges & Sons orchid watercolors. Medicinal plants in the ‘Elegancies of Jamaica’, an 18th century manuscript – Herbal History Research Network. Jason TW Irving. Passionate pioneers – increasing access to botanical artwork by women artists. Two BHL contributors – the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London, UK and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Virginia, USA, have recently embarked on a collaborative project to digitise works of art by women botanical artists.

1804 - Icones plantarum medico-oeconomico-technologicarum cum earum fructus ususque descriptione = If you are generating a PDF of a journal article or book chapter, please feel free to enter the title and author information. Guest blog: Kew Curator Lynn Parker describes the confluence of science and art in plant drawings – Cultivating London. Lost Grains and Forgotten Vegetables from Japan: the Seikei Zusetsu Agricultural Catalog (1793–1804)

The Seikei Zusetsu catalog contains 143 illustrated pages with crops, with a total of 193 drawings of individual crop varieties. Each illustration is accompanied with a name in Kanji characters to indicate the commonly used Chinese name of each specific crop variety and its name in Katakana characters that represent its commonly used Japanese name. Marg. Volume 70 Number 2. Botanical Drawings made in Nepal for Nathaniel Wallich in 1821 by Vishnupersaud and Gorachand. Anemone vitifolia (see below) Chiba University launched Open Access Resource 'c-arc' Interleaving in the RBGE Collections, Part 2: British Marine Algae. Wellcome Collection: botany. 1 - Ueber den Pollen, Vol. 1 - Les fleurs animees. Fossil images. What is botanical art? DSI - Database of Scientific Illustrators.

World Wide Exhibition of Botanical Art 2018 - Botanical Art & Artists. Plant Illustrations Website. search cacti / succulents. How the RHS Colour Chart is used. Eighteenth-Century Botanical Illustrations. OPLL16 for website JUN2018. Association of British Botanical Artists. Plant Resources I: Plant Image Bank - AoBBlog. Women Botanical Artists. Women's Work. Passionate pioneers: increasing access to botanical artwork by women artists. Women in Historical SciArt. Women Illustrators In Natural History. The Art of the Rose. BioLib Online Library of Biological Books. Anna Laurent » Art + Botany. DSI - Database of Scientific Illustrators. Library of Congress Botanical Images. News – Draw In Nature Studio. The Nine Herbs Charm. The Botanical Eye. Study Room resource: Botanical illustration.

Wellcome Collection. A Brief History of Mycological Illustration. Botanical Artists in Africa - Botanical Art & Artists. South African Botanical Illustrators. Illustrations of Southern Africa flora, Global Plants on JSTOR. UCT Libraries Digital Collections. Australian Plant Collectors and Illustrators. A Journey Through Botanical Art in Colonial India – and Beauty.