Botanical Sketchbooks is an exquisite visual compendium of botanical sketches, that is drawn from the collections of the Royal Botanic, Kew in London.
A series of biographical portraits offers a captivating glimpse into the first-hand experiences and adventures of around eighty artists from the 15th century to the 20th century and from around the world including Leonardo da Vinci, Carl Linnaeus, Maria Sibylla Merian and John James.
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.
- Author: Helen and William Bynum
- Hardcover: 296 pages
- Date published: April 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0500518816
- Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 20.6 cm