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A Passion For Plants: Contemporary Botanical Masterworks: Contemporary Botanical Masterworks from the Shirley Sherwood Collection [Hardcover]

Shirley Sherwood
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12 April 2001
The best of contemporary botanical art assembled from the finest collection in the world Flower painting now hugely popular with specialist clubs and groups forming, and sales of paintings at an all-time high

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; first edition (12 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304358282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304358281
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 23.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shirley Sherwood is a major exponent of contemporary botanical art and her collection of over 400 works has been shown all over the world. Her love of this artistic subject has prompted her to start botanical art classes, led by leading artists in the field, in order to encourage new artists around the globe. Originally done to provide a visual record of plants from as long ago as the Ancient World, it reached its heyday during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries with artists such as Redoute, the Bauer Brothers and Ehret, creating masterpieces that were collected avidly for both their artistic merit and their scientific value. Still popular today, it is found adorning stationery items, wallpaper and textiles and is undergoing a resurgence of interest, in part due to Shirley wanting to share her passion with others. From the black and white pen and ink studies of Francesca Anderson, the almost photographic style of Raymond Booth to the botany book style of Regine Hagerdom and the perfection of Manko Imai, this collection of prints demonstrates the art of botanical drawing is very much alive today, not just here in Britain but around the globe. It has not only prospered but is continuing to develop in new and exciting ways and this beautiful work showcases the talents that are around today. - Lucy Watson

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Shirley Sherwood read botany at Oxford University and gained a D.Phil while working in the area of drug research. She is a judge on the Botanical Painting Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society, Kew, and an honorary trustee of the new American Society for Botanical Artists.

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'A Passion for Plants' is a beautifully presented book which appeals to both gardeners and artists. The botanical illustrations are far more informative and detailed than photographical plant portraits and coupled with the authors passion and knowledge truely make the book a must for any lover of plants and art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Botanical Illustration 21 Nov 2010
By Vires
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This is an excellent collection of a botanical artists' work. Superb work and great print quality - if you want a good reference of techniques, this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb, international collection of botanical art. 30 May 2002
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This is an excellent collection of botanical illustrations reproduced in very detailed, rich color on quality paper. Artists from all over the world are represented with brief biographies of each one. I think this book is one of the best books to have if you love botanical illustration and would like to see examples done by highly skilled, scientifically accurate illustrators. Just as good or better than the first Shirley Sherwood collection book.
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