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RHS Orchids

RHS Orchids

By (author) Charlotte Brooks

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Publishing 11th Apr 2022
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    • A guide to the stunning collection of Orchid Award Portraits from the Lindley Collections at the Royal Horticultural Society
    • Contains over 130 beautiful works of art that reproduce orchids to a scientific level of precision
    • Studies the history of orchids at the RHS, from the orchidelirium of the Victorian era to the present day
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    Orchids have long held a place of esteem and fascination in the horticultural world. In the 19th century, orchid collecting reached new fanatical heights, with explorers dispatched to every corner of the globe in search of new varieties that could be auctioned at extravagant prices, and orchids are still one of the most popular flowers to breed and buy to this day. These beautiful, diverse flowers are one of the two largest families of flowering plants, with over 30,000 species and over 181,500 hybrids and cultivars.

    The RHS Orchid Committee have commissioned watercolours of over 7,000 award-winning hybrids that demonstrate particular value in their fabulous array of colours, patterns, sizes and shapes. Through these paintings, stories of high stakes orchid breeding and exhibiting are explored, with a cast of characters who helped shape the horticultural world we know today, alongside the dedicated artists who still support their endeavours.

    About the Author

    Charlotte Brooks is the Art Curator at the RHS Lindley Library in London, where she has worked with the botanical art collection for 15 years. She has published a number of short articles on aspects of the collection, as well as RHS Botanical Illustration: The Gold Medal Winners (ACC Art Books, 2019), and has an ongoing research interest into 19th century Anglo-Chinese botanical art. Charlotte also serves as Secretary to the RHS Botanical Art Judging Panel, which sees contemporary artists from all over the world exhibit their work.

    Specifications
    Publisher
    ACC Art Books
    ISBN
    9781788841610
    Publish date
    11th Apr 2022
    Binding
    Hardback
    Territory
    World
    Size
    270 mm x 215 mm
    Pages
    256 Pages
    Illustrations
    145 color
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