Rankafu : Orchid Print Album - the exhibition catalogue from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Rankafu : Orchid Print Album

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A book featuring an exceptional set of orchid woodblock prints from early 20th century Japan

Considered masterworks of botanical art, the Rankafu prints are visually stunning and reproduced here in full colour, showcasing the fine details of this spectacular art form. Accompanying these stunning prints, the authors tell the story of Shotaro Kaga, a pioneering horticulturist whose orchid collection and breeding programme started a craze in Japan that continues to this day.

Kaga and his gifted orchid gardener, Kenkichi Goto were highly skilled orchid growers and developed hundreds of spectacular orchid hybrids. Kaga's interest in orchids was sparked by his visit to Kew in 1910 where he first saw tropical orchids in the extensive greenhouses, and visited many famous orchid nurseries such as Sander & Sons, from whom he would buy hundreds of plants over the coming decades.

This book is the most comprehensive work to date on Rankafu and is unrivalled in its breadth of information and research. It is a beautiful book that will appeal to orchid fanatics and lovers of botanical art, as well as those with an interest in 20th century Japan and the artistic process of making Japanese woodblock prints. With a foreword by Phillip Cribb, leading orchid expert and author of many orchid books.

The book accompanies an exhibition of the same name at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.

  • Author: Stephen Kirby
  • Hardcover: 304 pages | 98 colour prints, 60 watercolour prints and 65 colour photos
  • Date published: April 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1842466681
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 19.5 cm

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