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Botanical Exhibition for Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker's Bicentenary 1-19 July 2017

From 1-19 July 2017, the Chelsea School of Botanical Art will be presenting an exhibition of botanical paintings in celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of the famous C19th botanist and explorer, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker OM GCSI CB PRS at Halesworth Gallery in Suffolk.

Antiques News & Fairs - From Halesworth to the Himalayas: A Legacy of Beauty

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker OM GCSI CB PRS

In 1865, Hooker was appointed Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, succeeding his father, and President of the Royal Society in 1873.

Antiques News & Fairs - From Halesworth to the Himalayas: A Legacy of Beauty

Original image by Hooker

Founder and Principal of the Chelsea School of Botanical Art, Helen Allen said: "We are delighted that the Halesworth Gallery has invited us to exhibit botanical paintings of plants relating to, and named after, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker. We are also including other plant illustrations showing this traditional art.  This is a great opportunity for our School and its alumni, many of whom now earn their living through their painting.  We plan to show visitors the tools and the progression of creating a botanical painting, which traditionally combines art and science, through the work of present and past talented Chelsea School of Botanical Art students."

Antiques News & Fairs - From Halesworth to the Himalayas: A Legacy of Beauty

Anna Lu - Nepenthes x hookeriana

Allen continued: "The list of plants named after Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker is extensive. Many of the species are no longer the same as they were when discovered by Hooker, some are very rare and protected. Therefore, in some cases, our artists have selected the current version to paint.  We will also be showing other botanical paintings and illustrations by our alumni."

Antiques News & Fairs - From Halesworth to the Himalayas: A Legacy of Beauty

Elaine Searle - Sarcococca hookeriana var.dignya

Chelsea School of Botanical Art alumni and students from the UK, USA, Singapore and Japan are currently producing botanical illustrations and paintings of plants discovered by and named after Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, in time for the exhibition at Halesworth Gallery in the town of his birth.

Antiques News & Fairs - From Halesworth to the Himalayas: A Legacy of Beauty

Louise Young - Inula hookeri

Botanical paintings of plants such as Sarcococca hookeriana, Iris hookeri, Himalayacalamus hookerianus and Lithops hookeri by Chelsea School of Botanical Art alumni, as well as other plant illustrations and paintings will be for sale, priced from £250.

Antiques News & Fairs - From Halesworth to the Himalayas: A Legacy of Beauty

Penny Price - Echeveria hookeri

Hooker, who was a great friend of Charles Darwin, travelled widely, recording and bringing back plants, and documenting landscapes and buildings around the world including India, Africa, USA, Falkland Islands, Antarctica, Palestine, Morocco and Galapagos. Hooker was approached to work on Darwin’s collection of plants from the studies on the Beagle.  In one letter to Hooker, Darwin wrote, "I must not look at any more exotic orchids; hearty thanks for your offer. But if you would make one single observation for me on Cypripedium, I should be glad."

Antiques News & Fairs - From Halesworth to the Himalayas: A Legacy of Beauty

Sally Pond - Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna

Hooker sketched and coloured his drawings, produced on his travels, and sent them back to Kew to be painted by Walter Hood Fitch, whom Hooker had trained in botanical drawing. Following in Hooker's and Darwin's footsteps, work by one Chelsea School of Botanical Art graduate includes a sketchbook from Galapagos featuring the Islands' plant life and birds.  Hooker's many botanical discoveries have influenced the plants we have in our gardens today.

From Halesworth to the Himalayas: A Legacy of Beauty: An exhibition in celebration of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker OM GCSI CB PRS will take place from 1-19 July 2017, at Halesworth Gallery, Steeple End, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8LL.  For more information, visit Halesworth Gallery.

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