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Flower Paintings from the Apothecaries' Garden: Contemporary Botanical Illustrations from Chelsea Physic Garden [Hardcover]

Andrew Brown , Phillip Cribb , Gillian Barlow
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30 Dec 1999
'Flower Paintings from the Apothecaries' Garden' 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 Britain's second oldest botanic garden, founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries. About 500 paintings by fifty-six artists have been accessed from the Physic Garden archives. This book contains fifty-six 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 seventeenth and earlier part of the eighteenth centuries, the Physic Garden was an international focal point for botanical endeavour. Each colour plate is accompanied by information about the plant's 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.

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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club Ltd; illustrated edition edition (30 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851495037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851495030
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 24.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Andrew Brown is the Chairman of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. He is a freelance botanical illustrator at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew and was, for many years, the Head of Biology at Westminster School, London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book 29 Jan 2013
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I bought this book for my wife, who in the last few yars has become addicted to botanical painting. She has a large coolection of books on botanical art and this one is clearly going to be one she will refer to ore than most. Even for me, who is no artist, I find the book a delight to look throughas well as being informative and very interesting. A book which is worth every penny!
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