Introducing….botanical art book looks.

This is a must check out by the amazing Arty Plantsman, Darren. These are some of the finest botanical line drawings I have seen. I am encouraging Darren to do some of his own, he is such a talented artist. He is planning on reviewing these gems on his blog. I am so excited to see more!

The Arty Plantsman

Obviously I love botanical art and I have a lot of books with botanical art in them. So I am considering a series of book reviews and quick peeks covering books containing botanical art. For copyright reasons I am uneasy about reproducing actual artwork, though a picture of the book cover would seem to be ‘fair use’, even if it does not give a true flavour of the book.

I am starting with the oldest series of books in my collection. Kew gardens published ‘Drawings of British Plants’ over a long period from the late 1940s until the 1970s. This aimed to feature simply botanical drawings of the entire native British flora (except grasses) in 31 inexpensive paperback volumes. All of the illustrations, some 1300, were produced by the late Stella Ross Craig often at the astonishing rate of two per week.

I am in awe of the skill shown…

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