A "Virtual World" Exhibition of the World's Foremost 20th Century Watercolour Botanical Artist.
The Barbara Everard Centenary Gallery
The full 3D content of this page is currently under construction. In the meantime you are invited to view the digital photographs of Barbara Everard's art and craft as a taster of what is to come when the gallery is ready for launch.
In order to complete the development and deliver this virtual gallery to its full potential global platform, there is an urgent need for partners and investors. In due course, the gallery will have a Shop and a subscription base for students of botany, gardeners and garden designers and landscapers. It is intended that the gallery will provide a resource for researchers, schools and universities as well as galleries and auction houses.
The search is also on for digital photographs of all of Barbara Everard's paintings. It should be noted that in her memoirs, she recorded that, while in Malaya, she painted no less than twenty-eight versions of one plant alone!
The task of collating her portfolio is huge and your support will be most welcome. Please address all enquiries to the email address below.
Wild Flowers of the World
These are a selection of commisioned paintings from 1946 to 1988 together with some plates from Wild Flowers of the World, designed and produced for Ebury Press and Michael Joseph by Rainbird Reference Books Ltd 1970, subsequemtly reprinted by Octopus Books Ltd 1974 and Peerage Books Ltd, London W1.
Cattleya 'Normans Bay' Central and South America Watercolour on Paper, 1988 Collection: Orchid Society of Great Britain
Bouganvillea South East Asia Framed Watercolour on Paper, 1947 Collection: Private, Australia
PLATE 117 Rafflesia and Lepeostegeres Beccarii South East Asia Watercolour on Paper Unframed 1970 Collection: Loe Books
Crassulaceae, Plate 157, Wild Flowers of the World, Ebury Press and Michael Joseph for Rainbird Reference Books Ltd, 1970
Plate 27 featuring the following Mediterranean species Anemone Coronaria and Nigella Damascena
Plate 16 featuring the following European species: Crassulaceae and Droseraceae
Plate 30 featuring the following Mediterranean species Papaver Pilosum and Matthiola Sinuata
Plate 42 featuring the following Mediterranean species Iris Chamaeris and Pancratium Maritimum
Plate 122 featuring the following South East Asia species Thunbergia Grandiflora, Aeschynanthus Longiflorus and Phlogacanthus Guttatus
Plate 36 featuring the following Mediterranean species Nerium Oleander and Periploca Graeca
Plate 37 featuring the following Mediterranean species Phlomis Fruiticosa, Echium Lycopsis and Cerinthe Major
Delonix Regia Watercolour on paper 1974 Framed Collection: Private, London UK with seed pod Citation on reverse reads: Painted July 24th 1974 from my painting made on Kru Estate, Malacca, 1947. Pod from Port Antonia, Jamaica, collected 1974 by B.E. This painting I gave to Mrs Severance of San Francisco but she had to sell it and told me & I bought it from her for £75. See Mr A Huxley's comments about this species in the RHS Journal, June 1974.
Painted from Plate 93: Himalayas and China
Painted in 1974 from Wild Flowers f The World Plates 93 and 98
From Wild Flowers of the World Plate 98
Two framed watercolour paintings redesigned from original plates for Wild Flowers of the World. Painted in 1974 for an avid gardener and plantsman and now in a private collection in Connecticut, USA.
Marsh Cinquefoil, Purple Marshlocks, Swamp Cinquefoil, Potentilla palustus, Comarum palustre. Painted around 1970, Watercolour on paper, 33.7cms x 24.7cms
Cypripedium insigne in blue vase
Probably painted either in Malaya around 1946-52 for a rubber plantation bungalow or for an exhibition in Brighton, which would have been post-1952. Now, in a private collection.
Cypripedium insigne in blue vase
All the paintings below belong to the Orchid Society of Great Britain with whom Barbara Everard set up the Barbara Everard Trust for Orchid Conservation.
The orchids are identified in Barbara Everard's hand together with pencilled notes, dates and some rough outline sketches. They were done in July 1988, less than two years before she died. For more details, click on Conservation on the OSGB website address below.
Contributions to the Trust and all enquiries should be directed to:
Although a prolific botanical artist, Barbara Everard took a delight in other art formats and used a variety of materials: oil, charcoal, pencil and ink line-drawing. Many of the latter are in field companion guides and publications such as Oleg Polunin's Trees and Bushes of Europe and the Mediterranean but there are a number in private collections and sketch books.
River at Emsworth, Hampshire, England Watercolour on Paper, 1944 Framed Collection: Private, London, UK
The Gathering Storm, The Bunny, Emsworth, Hampshire Watercolour on Paper (Unfinished) 1944 Framed Collection: Private, London, UK
Mount Ophir, Malaysia, 1947 Oil on Board Framed Collection: Private, Isle of Wight
Fishes Watercolour on Paper, 1948 Joint Effort with elder son, Martin Collection: Private, London UK
Chrisanthemum Max in Lustre Vase Watercolour on paper, First Exhibited at Singapore Flower Show, 1950. Framed 620cm x 500cm Collection: Private, London UK
Flora of the British Isles
Most of these paintings were commissioned by Medici Society in the 1960's for a colour field companion guide to Bentham and Hooker's Flora of the British isles, which until then had been illustrated by Fitch's line drawings. Barbara took nearly ten years to complete around 950 plates but the work has never been published. It is hoped that the Medici Society will be able to digitize the collection in the future for this gallery.
Cicerbita alpina 'Blue Sowthistle' Watercolour on paper, 1960-70 British Isles and Europe (also in Wild Flowers of the World Plate 22 Collection: Medici Society
Books, Magazines and Periodicals
Barbara was commissioned frequently to provide illustrations for publications. These could be single paintings or, in the case of Franklin Mint, a series of designs for commemorative plates. The front cover of an early Observer Colour Magazine featuring endangerd plants highlighted in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, numerous paintings for magazines such as Amateur Gardening and various flora field guides were completed during a thirty year period of high activity from 1950. The search is now on for digital images of any originals from these years.
Wild Flowers of the World Published 1970 Ebury Press for Michael Joseph
Flowers of Greece and the Balkans Oleg Polunin illustrated by Barbara Everard
Flowers of Europe Oleg Polunin illustrated by Barbara Everard
An illustrated map of plants and flowers that are under threat of extinction in the wild painted by Barbara Everard. The map is out of print but second hand copies can be found on Amazon.
For an unfolded image of the map, go to:
Vanishing Flowers of the World Map
Greetings Cards and Prints
A number of paintings were commissioned as greetings cards by Medici Society and others. These are now out of print but it is hoped that with digital images of the originals, reprints may be available soon. It is also hoped that requests for prints of any Barbara Everard original paintings may also be ordered when the eCommerce section, otherwise known as the Shop is established.
Primroses in Woodland Watercolour on Paper, 1976 Framed Copyright Medici Society Collection: Private, London, UK
Paintings and Images used in Lectures and Seminars
Barbara Everard was invited to give many lectures and talks to numerous art, gardening and horticultural societies and groups. These are some of the various transparencies that she used to illustrate her presentations. Not only do they show the naturalness of the plants but also the detail of her brushwork and the accuracy of her colour and drawing, an invaluable aid for those that sought to learn from her technique.
Aesculus hippocastaneus (Horse Chestnut)
Aesculus hippocastaneus leaves
Aesculus hippocastaneus winter bud
Aesculus hippocastaneus fruit on stem
Aesculus hippocastaneus fruit and shell
Aesculus hippocastaneus unopened fruit on stem
Aesculus hippocastaneus seed opening
Aesculus hippocastaneus fruit opened
For more images of Barbara Everard's watercolour botanical studies, please go to Barbara's Visual Aids or click here