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Our collection of original drawings dates from the early 17th century, with new pieces being added regularly
Stunning examples of work by eminent artists include contemporary RHS Gold medal winners from our RHS Botanical Art Shows. Many of the plants featured in these pieces are grown as named garden varieties or cultivars. Some of the earliest garden plant introductions from around the world are illustrated in this collection.
Botanical art needs the highest level of accuracy, so it may be used for plant identification. These drawings are often our best means of finding out what long-vanished cultivars actually looked like.
Over the past 400 years approaches to the depiction of plants has altered according to latest scientific understanding, the buyers’ request and the intended audience. These variations in style are represented in our collection. This makes it a unique resource for contemporary botanical artists wanting to deepen their understanding of the art form.
We also have an important collection of oil portraits. These feature famous gardeners and botanists, including former presidents of the RHS.
The Lindley Library Art Collections team provide personal assistance to artists and researchers and space is limited.
To see all the latest botanical art work visit the RHS London Botanical Art Show, championing the skills of some of the world’s best botanical artists through displays of previously unseen work. Also on display are some of the famous Lindley Library collections, which contain a diverse range of original artwork.
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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.