The Library has a total of 24 paintings, donated by the artist, and held in perpetuity:
Blechnum spicant Angelica sylvestris Convolvulus sepium Limnanthemum nymphaeoides Plantago media Stratiotes aloides Sorbus aucuparia Silene nutans Iris foetidissima Geranium pratense Fagus sylvatica Carex riparia Luzula sylvatica Chenopodium polyspermum Rosa eglanteria Clematis vitalba Chichorium intybus Narthecium ossifragum Ajuga genevensis Geum rivale Cobae scandens Sauromatum guttatum Acanthus spinosus Wild Flowers of the World Plate 6 Australia
March 2015 - June 2015
March 2014 - June 2014
Belchnum spicant - Hard Fern
Images of Nature - Women Artists
The book features specially selected artworks by women from the seventeenth century onwards. The artists share a fascination and enthusiasm for the natural world and together their work combines to cover a broad range of different techniques and subject matters.
There are fine botanical and entomological drawings by Margaret Fountaine, Maria Sibylla Merian, Barbara Everard and Elizabeth Twining, detailed bird images by artists such as Elizabeth Gould, Sarah Stone and Elizabeth Butterworth, and a striking page from the notebooks of Olivia Tonge’s Indian travels.
Featuring celebrated artworks and rarely-seen gems, this book serves up a visual feast of the never ending wonders of the natural world and the significant role that women have played in observing and documenting it.