A Response to "The Tradescants' Orchard" – an Exhibition of Contemporary Botanical Paintings at The Garden Museum, London
April– September 2017
A contemporary exhibition comprising watercolours by fifty eminent botanical artists is to be staged alongside a display of "The Tradescants' Orchard", a seventeenth-century volume of sixty-six watercolours depicting fruit varieties that John Tradescant and his son might have grown in their market garden at Lambeth.
The artists, invited by The Garden Museum, have selected varieties now considered to be heritage fruits. In the adventurous spirit of the plant-hunting Tradescants, artists from across the globe have embraced the project with works coming from Europe, Korea, and the USA.
The centrepiece of this exhibition will be the display of "The Tradescants' Orchard", considered one of the Bodleian Library's finest treasures. The Orchard is a practical document that records the size, colour, and texture of fruit with their ripening dates. The fruits are accompanied by charming depictions of birds and insects that will delight the exhibition's visitors.
The Garden Museum, London
Among the U.S. artists chosen are these BAEE members and associates, listed with the names of their paintings:
Bonnie Driggers – Vitis aestivalis (Norton grape) with Sphecodina abbottii (Abbott’s sphinx moth and caterpillar)
Margaret Farr– Vitis aestivalis (Norton grape) with Icterus galbula (Baltimore Oriole)
Mary Page Hickey – Pyrus communis (pear)
Barbara Jaynes – Vitis vinifera ‘Ferdinand de Lesseps’ (grape)
Eileen Malone Brown – Fragaria virginiana (Virginia Strawberry)
Karen Ringstrand -Prunus persica ‘Indian Blood Cling’ (peach)
Victoria Shaw –Prunus insititia ‘Langley’ Damson cv. Langley Bulace (plum)
Paintings shown in the above picture are by these artists (top, left to right): Lesley Ann Sandback, Margaret Farr, Pearl Bostock, Karen Ringstrand, Mary Page Hickey, and Penny Price.