Flower Paintings from the Apothecaries’ Garden: Contemporary Botanical Illustrations from Chelsea Botanical Garden by Andrew Brown

Flower Paintings from the Apothecaries’ Garden: Contemporary Botanical Illustrations from Chelsea Botanical Garden by Andrew Brown soon to be presented for sale on the excellent BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Woodbridge: Antique Collectors’ Club, 2005, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Colour plates; Colour frontispiece; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Title page vignette;

From the cover: This book is a celebration of the work of the first ten years of Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. The Society, founded in 1995, is a group of artists charged with the task of recording in watercolour paintings the flora of Britains second oldest botanic garden, founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries. About 200 paintings by fifty-six artists have been accessed to the Physic Garden archives.

Flower Paintings from the Apothecaries Garden contains fifty-six colour reproductions of paintings, one by each artist. The plants depicted range from small alpines to magnificent trees and from food plants to those which yield life-saving drugs, for although the Physic Garden was founded for the teaching of apothecaries, it has always been a garden for the growing of the novel and the exotic. From its founding, throughout the eighteenth and earlier part of the nineteenth centuries, the Physic Garden was an international focal point for botanical endeavour.

Each of the colour plates is accompanied by information about the plants uses and, for some, the cultivation history at Chelsea, together with biographical details of the artist.

Also included are a short essay on the role of botanical illustration today, a brief history of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and a listing of the complete archive to date, including paintings and ink drawings.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly faded at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 135 pages. Index. Bibliography. 12″ x 9¾”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I captivate you with this splendid selection from my Botany catalogue?

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