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Flower Drawings

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Part of Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks

  • Date Published: July 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521585781

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  • This Handbook illustrates a selection of drawings of flowers from the collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum. The book is arranged chronologically and ranges from the fifteenth century to the present day. Beginning with illustrations from the borders and backgrounds of illuminated manuscripts, the selection traces the form through attempts at accurate delineation of form during the Renaissance to the more scientific approach of the later seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It concludes with several contemporary examples of flower drawings to show that the tradition continues. The illustrations bring out the stunning detail and colour characteristic of the art-form.

    • Illustrated in full colour
    • Many previously unpublished examples
    • Extraordinary range of examples
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    'With so much marvellous material to choose from the author has made a varied and interesting choice with some strong and vivid images.' The Garden, Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521585781
    • length: 144 pages
    • dimensions: 238 x 169 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 64 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. French school, c.1415: Des proprietez des choses
    2. Netherlands school, fifteenth century: Horae: Book of Hours
    3. Netherlands school, 1526: Horae: Book of Hours
    4. Antoine du Pinet: Narcissus pseudo-narcissus L.
    5. Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger: Tulip
    6. Jacob Marrell: An open wicker basket of flowers in a window embrasure, with a frog and insects
    7. Nicholas Robert: Three broken tulips
    8. Nicholas Robert: Six diverse flowers with an insect and a tropical butterfly
    9. Nicholas Robert: Rose and lavender with birds and a butterfly
    10. French school, seventeenth century: Pasque flower and cowslip with a butterfly
    11. French school, seventeenth century: Bluebell and a drogonfly
    12. Maria Sibylla Merian: Sisyrinchium with two butterflies
    13. Pieter Withoos: Rose of Provence
    14. Pieter Withoos: Digitalis purpurea
    15. Claude Aubriet: Mirabilis dichotoma L.
    16. Herman Henstenburgh: A garland of mixed flowers attached to a wall
    17. Pieter Snyers: Thistles
    18. Michael van Huysum: Mixed flowers in a Chinese vase
    19. Barbara Regina Dietzsch: Iris Germanica
    20. Margareta Barbara Dietzsch: Taraxacum officionale
    21. Georg Dionysius Ehret: Gentiana acaulis
    22. Georg Dionysius Ehret: A rose, seen from behind, with two ranuculus
    23. Georg Dionysius Ehret: Opuntia
    24. Georg Dionysius Ehret: Arum
    25. Georg Dionysius Ehret: Hura crepitans L.
    26. Georg Dionysius Ehret: Musa
    27. Thomas Robins the Elder: A bunch of ornamental flowers tied with a ribbon, surrounded by moths and butterflies
    28. Thomas Robins the Elder: Yucca, Cape marigold and mesembryanthemum
    29. Thomas Robins the Elder: Auriculas in a flower pot
    30. Alexis-Nicolas Perignon the Elder: Rose bush with a butterfly
    31. Augustin Heckel: Horse chestnut
    32. Mary Moser: Mixed flowers in an urn ornamented with the astrological symbol for Aries, on a stone ledge
    33. Dorothée-Anne Vallayer-Coster: Still life of mixed flowers in a glass on a ledge
    34. Friedrich Kirschner: Weeds from a German roadside
    35. Elizabeth Burgoyne: Halimium formosum
    36. Peter Brown: Clematis sp.
    37. Amelia Fancourt: Epilobium
    38. Mary Compton, Countess of Northampton: Amygdalus persica
    39. Antoine Berjon: An urn of poppies and convovulus on a stone ledge
    40. James Sowerby: Iris persica
    41. James Sowerby: Erythronium des canis
    42. Pierre-Joseph Redouté: Magnolia macrophylla
    43. Pierre-Joseph Redouté: Paeonia suffruticosa
    44. Francis Bauer: A surround of mixed flowers framing a manuscript note by Sir Joseph Banks
    45. Ferdinand Bauer: Malvaceae species
    46. Zacharie-Félix Doumet: Spring and summer flowers seen beyond a balustrade, with a view across a river to a distant castle
    47. Jan Frans van Dael: Bouquet of mixed flowers
    48. Pancrace Bessa: Potted auricula
    49. German school, c. 1820: White field rose and dog rose
    50. Henrietta Geertruida Knip: Selenicereus grandiflorus
    51. Patrick Nasmyth: Rumex obtusifolius
    52. Lucy Cust: Paeonia suffruticosa
    53. Nathalie D'Esménard: Noisette Rose
    54. John Lindley: Doryanthes excelsa
    55. Alfred Chandler: Camellia japonica eclipsis
    56. Isabella Selwin: Heliocereus speciosus
    57. Charles Rosenberg: Rosa x centifola 'Bullata'
    58. Cornelius B. Durham: Cattleya dolosa Rchb. fil.
    59. Augusta Innes Withers: Datura rosei
    60. Mrs William Duffield: Fruit and flowers on a straw mat in a window frame
    61. Dominique Dumillier: Flowering branch of a snowball tree with parrot tulips
    62. W. Mussill: Climbing tea roses and a humming bird
    63. Raymond Charles Booth: Antirrhinum
    64. Margaret Stones: Magnolia campbellii.

  • Author

    David Scrase, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

    Photographs by

    Andrew Morris

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