Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Botanical Art At Kew

Two years ago I pointed out that Kew Gardens in London houses one of the world's most extensive collections of botanical paintings: over 200,000 items, many of which were too fragile to be put on public display (CLICK). Opening this Saturday, the new Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art offers state-of-the-art climatic control, which will allow fragile works to be exhibited for the first time (click the title link). The Link Gallery connects this new gallery to the existing Marianne North Gallery. Cambridge Cottage, previously known as Kew Gardens Gallery, is in another part of the gardens. For those of you who can't make it to Kew, there's a fascinating online gallery (CLICK). Note: those "moths" in Marianne North's superb painting look like butterflies, but they belong to the family Uraniidae of day-flying moths.


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