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Makingamark's Botanical Art Compendium

Updated on September 20, 2014
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Katherine is well known worldwide for writing extensively about botanical art & illustration and botanical artists past and present

Botanical Art and Botanical Artists

A compendium of all the sites about botanical art and botanical artists and illustrators created by makingamark.

THE RESOURCES for botanical artists and art lovers focus on:

  • contemporary botanical art and artists
  • the history of botanical art
  • the best botanical art books

FAMOUS BOTANICAL ARTISTS

Some famous botanical artists were associated with explorations and the discovery of new flora and fauna

  • Maria Sybilla Merian journeyed to Surinam
  • Sydney Parkinson was the botanical artist on board captain Cook's first voyage to South America, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia
  • Ferdinand Bauer travelled around the Greek Islands and to Australia
  • Margaret Mee travelled to the Brazilian rain forest to paint botanical specimens

Other famous botanical artists documented flowers and plants within the domestic environment

  • Basilius Besler documented the gardens at Eichstatt
  • Franz Bauer drew the plants and flowers brought to the Royal Botanic gardens at Kew during a very important phase in its development
  • Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to create a herbal
  • Pierre Redoute documented the Empress Josephine's rose garden and other aspects of her famous garden at Malmaison

BOTANICAL GARDENS

It also includes famous gardens in the history of botanical art - such as Kew Gardens and Malmaison

Image: Banksia coccinea (Scarlet Banksia) - Plate 3 from Ferdinand Bauer's Illustrationes Florae Novae Hollandiae. Source: Wikipedia)

ALL ABOUT BOTANICAL ART

Resources for Botanical Artists

Knowledge and techniques

These sites are for botanical fine art enthusiasts, students of botanical art and/or art history, botanists or plant scientists, art historians, artists/botanical artists and art and plant lovers.

Botanical Art - Resources for Artists

Learn about Botanical Art and the artists, societies, collections, exhibitions in 2013, books and other resources which support the development of botanical...

The Best Botanical Art Instruction Books

Learn about botanical art and botanical illustration from the best botanical art instruction books, covering every aspect you need to know about. Read reviews...

Botany for Botanical Artists

Did you know that RHS Gold Medal winning artists often have a very strong botanical theme to their artwork? Strict botanical illustration standards requires...

Botanical Art History

A History of Botanical Art

This site is for botanical art lovers. It focuses on the development of botanical art and botanical illustration. It also highlights:

  • where you can see botanical art from the past in terms of online and permanent collections
  • some of the more famous botanical artists - not all of which are listed below

The Best Books about Botanical Artists & Illustrators

If you love botanical art and want to know more about some of the important the artists - in the past and present - who have created botanical art and illustration

This is a scan of Plate 3 from Ferdinand Bauer's Illustrationes Florae Novae Hollandiae. The plant featured is Banksia coccinea (Scarlet Banksia).
This is a scan of Plate 3 from Ferdinand Bauer's Illustrationes Florae Novae Hollandiae. The plant featured is Banksia coccinea (Scarlet Banksia). | Source

BOTANICAL ARTISTS

British Botanical Artists

The stories behind the botanical art of these three British Botanical Artists are absolutely fascinating

About Sydney Parkinson - Botanical Artist

Sydney Parkinson sailed with Captain Cook on the Endeavour and was the first non-Aboriginal artist to set foot on Australian soil. He was the first botanical artist to draw and paint plants collected in Australia.

About Elizabeth Blackwell - Famous Botanical Artist

Elizabeth Blackwell was the first British woman to produce a herbal and the first woman to engrave as well as draw plants. She created and published her Herbal to raise funds to save her husband from debtors' prison

About Margaret Mee - Famous Botanical Artist

Margaret Mee went to live in the Amazon so she could draw and paint the plants of the Amazon. Margaret Mee was both a botanical artist and a conservationist. This site is an introduction to Margaret Mee.

Banksia ericifolia (1773) By Sydney Parkinson and John Frederick Miller.  Sydney Parkinson, Sir Joseph Banks' botanical artist who was present when the Banksia genus was first collected at Botany Bay, Australia.
Banksia ericifolia (1773) By Sydney Parkinson and John Frederick Miller. Sydney Parkinson, Sir Joseph Banks' botanical artist who was present when the Banksia genus was first collected at Botany Bay, Australia. | Source

French Botanical Artists

About Pierre Redoute - Botanical Artist

Many people first become interested in botanical art because of the paintings of roses, lilies and other flowers produced by Pierre-Joseph Redouté. The botanical artwork of royal flower painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté continues to be very popular to this day

 Pierre Joseph Redouté, Metrosyderos glauca (1812). Drawing (watercolour and bodycolour over graphite on vellum, margins ruled in red and gold ink)
Pierre Joseph Redouté, Metrosyderos glauca (1812). Drawing (watercolour and bodycolour over graphite on vellum, margins ruled in red and gold ink) | Source

German and Austrian Botanical Artists

The heritage associated with these artists is ground-breaking

About Maria Sibylla Merian - Botanical & Natural History Artist

Maria Sibylla Merian was a Naturalist, Entymologist and Botanical Illustrator and is rated as being one of the greatest ever botanical artists. Her art created botanical / natural history paintings with an innovative compositional style and is very attractive to view. She displayed the life cycle of an insect against the background of its host plant.

Illuminated Copper engraving from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, Plate IX. Maria Sibylla Merian, 1705
Illuminated Copper engraving from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, Plate IX. Maria Sibylla Merian, 1705 | Source

About Basilius Besler - Famous Botanical Artist

Basilius Besler is best known for compiling the book known as the Hortus Eystettensis which was a florilegium of all the plants grown in the garden of the prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria. This project changed botanical art and the course of its future development.

About The Bauer Brothers - Famous Botanical Artists

The Bauer brothers - Franz and Ferdinand - are regarded as two of the best botanical artists that have ever lived by many botanical art experts

  • Franz Bauer become employed as "Botanick Painter to his Majesty" and drew all the new flowering plants at Kew.
  • Ferdinand Bauer was the botanical artist on an expedition to explore and record the coastline of Australia.

About Georg Dionysius Ehret - Famous Botanical Artist

Georg Dionysius Ehret was a German-born artist who became one of the most influential botanical artists of all time through his development of the Linnaean style of botanical illustration.

PAINTING FLOWERS AND GARDENS

The Water Garden at Giverny (9" x 12", coloured pencils on Arches HP) Katherine Tyrrell - all rights reserved
The Water Garden at Giverny (9" x 12", coloured pencils on Arches HP) Katherine Tyrrell - all rights reserved | Source

For painters of Flowers, Plants and Gardens

Not all paintings of flowers, plants and gardens needs to be strictly botanical. The sites listed below list some of the best painters of flowers and gardens

Flowers in Art - Resources for Artists

Do you want to learn how to draw or paint flowers? Do you want to improve your flower drawings or flower paintings? Do you love looking at flowers in art?

Gardens in Art - Resources for Artists

For artists who enjoy drawing or painting your own garden or gardens you visit - this website covers gardens in art and how to draw and paint gardens.

BOTANICAL GARDENS

The Order Beds at Kew Gardens in August
The Order Beds at Kew Gardens in August

Location of Kew Gardens

A markerRoyal Botanical Gardens, Kew -
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Brentford Gate, London TW9 3AB, UK
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Famous Botanical Gardens

A number of the botanical gardens are very much associated with the creation of botanical art - past and present

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew have played a very significant role in the development of botanical art. It also hosts the first museum of botanical art. Every year over 1 million people visit the world famous and world heritage site which is the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

RHS Wisley - a Great Garden

The Royal Horticultural Society is responsible for awarding Gold Medals for botanical art. Wisley Garden, in Surrey, is the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society and is probably the most visited garden in the UK after Kew Gardens.

Malmaison - a great garden

The catalogue of the garden at Malmaison became famous as one of the most exquisite publications of botanical art in the world. The Chateau de Malmaison was the home of Napoleon's first wife - the Empress Josephine. It also became home of the greatest rose garden ever known and became...

Location of RHS Wisley

A markerRHS Garden Wisley Woking Surrey GU23 6QB -
RHS Garden Wisley (, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB, United Kingdom
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