Watercolors from the Highgrove Florilegium: Botanical Paintings from the Garden of HRH The Prince of Wales

Watercolors from the Highgrove Florilegium: Botanical Paintings from the Garden of HRH The Prince of Wales 2017-07-03T11:33:07+00:00

July 9 – September 11, 2016

 

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Fritillaria imperialis (Crown Imperial), family Liliaceae, Plate No. 9, Facsimile of original watercolor by Sally Crosthwaite, United Kingdom. Copyright A G Carrick.

Cyathea australis

Cyathea australia (Fiddlehead Fern), family Cyatheaceae, Plate No. 2, Facsimile of original watercolor by Beverly Allen, Australia. Copyright A G Carrick.

This exhibition includes a selection of 40 limited edition reproductions of original watercolor drawings from the Highgrove Florilegium. In the year 2000, a project was begun to paint plants and trees growing in the Highgrove Garden, near Tetbury, in the United Kingdom. Highgrove is a private residence of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

The art of depicting plants, as a means of identifying species for medicinal purposes, goes back some 2000 years and continues to this day as the preferred medium to illustrate new species. While the height of botanical art was from the 1740’s to the 1840’s and coincides with the great voyages of discovery, there is today what has been described as a modern renaissance of botanical painting. More than 70 artists, from the United Kingdom and abroad, participated in the Highgrove Florilegium creating 124 paintings in total.

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