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Treasures of Botanical Art: Icons from the Shirley Sherwood and Kew Collections (Royal Botanic Garden) Hardcover – 1 Apr 2008

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Kew Publishing (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842463683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842463680
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.8 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martyn Rix has worked for the Royal Horticultural Society and has co-authored many books on horticulture with Roger Phillips. He is editor of 'Curtis's Botanical Magazine' published by Kew, the longest continuously running botanical periodical in the world, founded in 1787, which places special emphasis on botanical illustration. Martyn has travelled widely around the world collecting and photographing plants, and designing and planting gardens. In 2002 he was awarded the Gold Veitch Memorial Media for services to Horticulture.Dr Shirley Sherwood travels extensively and has been collecting contemporary botanical drawings since 1990. Her comprehensive collection includes work by artists living in thirty different countries and documents the emergence of a new wave of botanical painters and the renaissance of their art form and is arguably the most important private collection of twentieth century botanical art in the world.


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Format: Hardcover
This book is written by two experts in botanical art and was published as the catalogue of the inaugural exhibition of the The Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens, the first gallery in the world to be dedicated to year round exhibitions of botanical art - which I went to see on the day the gallery opened in April 2008.

I can personally vouch for the fact that this book provides excellent colour reproduction of the works which were in the exhibition.

It's also a fascinating book in that it mixes the best work by contemporary botanical artists - mainly from the Shirley Sherwood Collection - with the historic artwork which forms part of the collection of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. The book includes biographies of all the artists.

I highly recommend it to all botanical art lovers, botanical artists (to see the standards whwhich are achieved by contemporary artists), and people who provide tuition in botanical art - however this is not a "how to" book.

I'd personally go for the hardback version Treasures of Botanical Art: Icons from the Shirley Sherwood and Kew Collections (Royal Botanic Garden)- as I did - because I think this will become a landmark publication in time.
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a really beautiful book - ideal for any botanical artist - or coffee table.
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Great book with good reproduction of the print. The original book came WET!! Amazon replaced it, but when I opened the box, a big life spider came crawling out. It really scared the hell out of me. Thank you Amazon for being so kind to send me a wild life from Amazon!!!
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All botanical artists should have (access to) this book - it really IS a treasure, It is full of wonderful illustrations and forms a sound basis of ideas for producing one's own paintings. Hardback or softback versions are very sturdy and wonderfully put together and enhance the collections of any botanical artist.
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Format: Hardcover
This is examples of Botanical Art. One of those reference books you cannot be without
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