Flowers, fruit and foliage

A bouquet of botanical illustrations
from the Sir George Grey Special Collections

29 November 2012 - 17 March 2013

While pictures of plants in books are often produced as a practical guide for identifying useful, or common, or newly discovered species, the accompanying illustrations can also be beautiful works of art. The books in this exhibition were all chosen for their illustrations, dating from the earliest herbal of 1578, through the great age of botanical illustration in the 18th and 19th century, to the wood engravings of the 1930s.

Introduction Herbal 17th and early 18th century
Gardening Romantics Redouté Classification
Travel The Botanical magazine New Zealand
Ferns Fruit Orchids 20th century wood engravers


Curated by Georgia Prince and Kate de Courcy.
Illustration: Curtis’s botanical magazine, or, Flower-garden displayed. London, 1787-