BAEE Artists to Exhibit in London

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.

Photo of a portrait of John Tradescant, the Elder
Portrait of John Tradescant, the Elder (c1570 – 1638), attributed to Cornelis de Neve.

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 DriggersVitis aestivalis (Norton grape) with Sphecodina abbottii (Abbott’s sphinx moth and caterpillar)
Margaret FarrVitis aestivalis (Norton grape) with Icterus galbula (Baltimore Oriole)
Mary Page HickeyPyrus communis (pear)
Barbara JaynesVitis vinifera ‘Ferdinand de Lesseps’ (grape)
Eileen Malone BrownFragaria virginiana (Virginia Strawberry)
Karen Ringstrand -Prunus persica ‘Indian Blood Cling’ (peach)
Victoria ShawPrunus insititia ‘Langley’ Damson cv. Langley Bulace (plum)

Graphic collection of plants in the Tradescant's orchard.
Contemporary Responses to The Tradescant's Orchard. Top row, left to right, artists are: Lesley Ann Sandback, Margaret Farr, Pearl Bostock, Karen Ringstrand, Mary Page Hickey, and Penny Price.

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.

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Bonnie is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). She is a member of the Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), Immediate Past President of the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE), and Editor of the BAEE book American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.