Tropical Plants in Focus, Botanical Illustration at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
2021 (National Parks Board)
In Singapore, the first botanical illustrations were made in the early 19th century, commissioned by Sir Stamford Raffles and Nathaniel Wallich. It was Henry Nicholas Ridley, however, who in 1890 employed the first artist and started the botanical art collections at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Numerous artists followed, engaged to illustrate rare native species, edible and useful plants, and ornamental garden hybrids, each reflecting the changing priorities over the Gardens' history.
The collections today include more than 2,000 botanical paintings and hundreds of sketches, line drawings and photographs.
This book outlines the development of botanical illustration in Singapore, and in particular at the Gardens. It showcases a selection of illustrations which can be viewed in person at the Singapore Botanic Gardens' Botanical Art Gallery.
Net weight: 600g