World’s first gallery for botanical art opens in London

This video from the USA is about botanist Shirley Cross.

From British daily The Independent:

Kew opens the world’s first gallery for botanical art

By Ciar Byrne, Arts and Media Correspondent

Thursday, 17 April 2008

The state-of-the-art glass, timber and stone building that will be opened today at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, by Sir David Attenborough might have carefully controlled light, temperature and humidity levels, but it is not intended to house rare plants.

Instead, it will be home to an extensive collection of botanical drawings which is going on show to the public for the first time.

Until now, Kew Gardens’ collection of 200,000 botanical drawings and manuscripts have only been available to experts and researchers who have had to apply for permission to study the works.

The Shirley Sherwood Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built space for botanical drawings – many of which are extremely delicate watercolours on paper and vellum.

Germaine Greer on botanical art: here.

Before botanists had photographs, they had paintings: here.

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