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Livistona mauritiana (chinensis) from the Company School Collection, ca 1700-1800 Featured Botanical Art Image

Livistona mauritiana (chinensis) from the Company School Collection, ca 1700-1800

Water colour of Livistona mauritiana, by unknown artist from The Company School Collection, ca 1700-1800

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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Calanthe versicolor Featured Botanical Art Image

Calanthe versicolor

Watercolour on paper. Original drawing for plate XLII in John Lindley's 'Sertum orchidaceum: a wreath of the most beautiful orchidaceous flowers; selected by John Lindley', published in 1838. Illustration shows part monochromatic, part colour study of leaves and flowers. Side figure represents lip and ovary with the sepals and petals cut away. Inscribed in pencil by Miss Drake along top edge, 'The upper bracts slightly hairy, sweet scented', and 'Sion Gardens Aug. 31 18..'[date has been cropped]. There is a semi-circular blob of red paint or possibly sealing wax on the top edge of drawing. Also inscribed in a different hand 'Rec'd. 15.9.1925' lower right corner. Drawing taken from flower held in the collection of His Grace the Duke of Northumberland at Sion. According to Lindley's publication 'It is a native of the East Indies, whence it has also been sent from the Botanic Garden, Calcutta, to the Horticultural Society'

© RBG KEW

Dillenia speciosa Thunb Featured Botanical Art Image

Dillenia speciosa Thunb

Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh. In his 'Flora Indica', Roxburgh reports: '...it is a native of the vallies, far up amongst the Circar mountains; is also found cultivated in some gardens on account of its elegant appearance.' He also mentions how the fleshy leaflets of the calyx, when the fruit is mature, are used by the natives in their curries

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew