Botanical Sketchbooks

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An exquisite visual compendium of botanical sketches, many specially photographed, providing a revealing insight into the fresh, immediate responses of artists encountering the glories of the plant world.

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ISBN: 9780500518816 Category:

Helen Bynum, William Bynum

Description

While highly finished drawings and paintings frequently feature in histories of botanical art, the preparatory sketches, first impressions and creative thoughts on paper behind them are rarely seen and have often remained hidden and locked away.

Botanical Sketchbooks brings these personal and vividly spontaneous records gloriously back into the light. In a series of biographical portraits organized thematically into four sections, the book illuminates a range of intriguing characters, from many different countries and cultures, including Germany, France, Italy, America, Australia, Japan and China. Sketchbooks proper are joined by notebooks, journals, albums, loose pieces of paper, works on vellum, manuscripts, letters, herbarium sheets and marginalia – even one drawing on the back of an envelope.

Turning the pages of this book will be an invitation to relive extraordinary experiences, imagine lost worlds, and be immersed in the endeavours, observations and motivations of the makers of such beautiful and enchanting art.

Additional information

Weight 1346 g
Dimensions 21.3 x 27.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 21 March 2017
Number of pages 296
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.3 x 27.4 cm
Weight 1346 g

William Bynum is a historian of science and medicine and also has a particular interest in gardening and plants and their importance in human culture and society. Together with his wife Helen Bynum he has written or edited numerous books, including Great Discoveries in Medicine and Remarkable Plants.

Helen Bynum is a historian of science and medicine and also has a particular interest in gardening and plants and their importance in human culture and society. Together with her husband William Bynum she has written or edited numerous books, including Great Discoveries in Medicine and Remarkable Plants.