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RHS Botanical Illustration: The Gold Medal Winners

By Charlotte Brooks



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Author Charlotte Brooks
Binding Hardback
Date published January 2019
Number of pages 256
Publisher ACC Art Books
ISBN / Item No. 9781788840149


Botanical studies from sixty gold medal-winning artists presented in all their glory, from the Lindley Collections at the Royal Horticultural Society, Britain’s leading gardening charity.

Botanical Illustration is a genre of art that endeavours to faithfully depict and represent the form, colour and detail of a plant. The RHS Lindley Library has secured around 30,000 splendid and detailed illustrations of buds, fruit, flowers and leaves since they first started commissioning artists in 1806.

RHS Botanical Illustration - Gold Medal Winners represents a cross-section of recent gold medallists from around the world. The RHS only award their gold medal to the most outstanding exhibitions, encouraging the international artistic community to perform to the highest standard. It is a highly-coveted testament to an artist's abilities, and the illustrations gathered in these pages demonstrate great attention to detail, superb colour work and incredible technical skill.

The work begins with a historical essay that explores the enduring relationship between artists and the RHS, since the first RHS artist’s commission in 1806. Each medallist is introduced with a brief biography and a discussion of their medallist composition, while insightful commentary on the artists' creative process accompanies each picture.

The perfect book for a horticulture lover, as well as an excellent reference both for botanists and aspiring artists, this collection also briefly delves into the art history of the RHS.

© The Royal Horticultural Society 2017