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