Friday, May 11, 2018

RHS Lindley Library and World Wide Botanical Art Day





The Upper Reading Room of the RHS Lindley Library
image: RHS         



                                    


The RHS Lindley Library


Living in what is now described as a post-truth age, where facts are less influential in shaping cultural life than the selective use of data that supports personal belief, I am currently reflecting upon the established societies and institutions that have become somehow timeless in their role of collecting artworks that depict and represent observable truth.

One such place is the Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library.

There is so much to be amazed and delighted by in the impressive and outstanding collection held in this library. What could offer more cultural joy than a scholarly and extensive gathering of rare and modern books, an archive of intriguing articles and papers on horticulture and garden history, and a unique collection of botanical prints and original botanical art.

In recent years the Lindley Library, London has undergone renovation works as a part of an RHS - wide £100m investment program across all its gardens:


‘The aim of this project is to enable the Lindley Library to develop as a stimulating and accessible centre for the study and research of gardens, garden history and botanical art. The project has equipped us to safeguard, share and showcase its fabulous and unique heritage collections’

From the RHS Website




The RHS Lindley Library Collection of 
Contemporary Botanical Art

The Lindley Library collection of Contemporary Botanical Art represents imagery that serves horticultural and scientific knowledge. Works held in the collection display the multi-disciplinary techniques of illustration and fine art that are devoted to the identification of plant life through accurate observation.


The collection has been quietly and steadily accumulated to become a myriad of dazzling and jewel-like paintings and drawings. It is a now a veritable treasure trove of creative excellence. Works are collected or commissioned from artists who have previously been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal.


In 2000, I was one of the first contemporary artists to be commissioned by the Lindley Library to create an artwork for the collection.  This particular piece is a life-size painting of Lilium regale, which is archived with the preliminary colour studies of the lily bulb and the inflorescence. 







Lilium regale 
watercolour on paper
1:1  
2000
Coral G Guest













Lilium regale 
Colour Study of Bud and Bloom
watercolour on paper
1:1 
2000
Coral G Guest








Lilium regale 

Colour Study of Bulb in Situ
watercolour on paper
1:1 
2000
Coral G Guest



Works in the collection can be viewed by appointment with the Library. One does not need to be a RHS member to view the work or to carry out research within the library.




The RHS Lindley Library 
and World Wide Botanical Art Day on May 18th 2018



‘Botanical Art is being celebrated worldwide in a collaborative project. World Wide Botanical Art Day sees botanical artists and organisations from 25 different countries submit their best pieces of botanical artwork depicting Native Flora. These artworks will be exhibited around the world on Friday 18 May to create a global event.

As part of this project, artists from England and Wales have contributed to an exhibition of 40 botanical artworks which be on display in the Ruskin Library at the University of Lancaster. The exhibition, In Ruskin’s Footsteps, has been organised by the newly formed Association of British Botanical Artists (ABBA).

To coincide with this event, the RHS Lindley Library will be presenting a slide show of 1,000 images from Botanical Art Worldwide, including the 40 images from In Ruskin’s Footsteps., running throughout the day. There will also be an opportunity to join a curated tour of artworks from the RHS Lindley Library Art Collection on this day (the tours have now SOLD OUT, waiting list only).This will include the unique opportunity to see Lindley Library’s most recent acquisition, Dahlia 'Twynings After Eight'. For the first time at the RHS, this watercolour painting by Heidi Venamore will be on display alongside the preliminary sketches for this piece’

From the RHS Website




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