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Contemporary Botanical Drawings At Master Drawings London

Drawings dealer Crispian Riley-Smith presents contemporary botanical works in an exhibition conceived for Master Drawings London. Featuring artists who participated in the Highgrove Florilegium, the exhibition includes specially commissioned works by John Pastoriza-Piņol, Bridget Gillespie, and Evelyn Binns. In recent years renewed world-wide interest in the field of botanical painting has ushered this long established art form into its Golden Age.

At the instigation of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the Highgrove Florilegium book of botanical drawings records the plants and trees growing in his garden at Highgrove in Gloucestshire, a rare copy of which is going to be on display throughout the exhibition. Distinguished botanists have been working with David Howard, the Head Gardener at Highrove, to ensure that a representative selection of species should display every facet of his great garden. John Pastoriza-Piņol and Evelyn Binns, who both have work included in the Florilegium publication, are featured in Riley-Smith's exhibition, along with Bridget Gillespie, who has looked to the native hedgerow plants of North Yorkshire for her inspiration.

A lecture on the Highgrove Florilegium is being given by Anne Marie Evans, who has developed the Diploma Course in Botanical Painting at the Chelsea Physic Garden, as well as teaching and lecturing all over the world. She also leads a rigorous selection panel of experts to review the submissions and ensure the high standards for the Florilegium publication. The lecture takes place on 9th July at 2.30 pm at 22 Bury Street, Saint James’s, London, SW1Y 6AL

The 8th annual Master Drawings London event features leading specialist dealers, who present a series of exhibitions showcasing drawings of international scope from the 15th century to the present day. Twenty participants throughout St. James’s and Mayfair open their galleries between 5 and 11 July, testifying to the strength of the drawings market in London.

June 2008