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Background imageIllustration Collection: Livistona chinensis, ca 18th century

Livistona chinensis, ca 18th century
Watercolour of Livistona chinensis, commonly known as Chinese fan or fountain palm, by unknown Asian artist, Company Art, Kew Collection, 18th century

Background imageIllustration Collection: Fallopia japonica - Japanese Knotweed

Fallopia japonica - Japanese Knotweed
Tab.6503. - Fallopia japonica as Polygonum cuspidatum the original illustration is by Anne Barnard, watercolour on paper, 1880; The plate, 6503, was published in Curtiss Botanical Magazine

Background imageIllustration Collection: Spider Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum indicum), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828

Spider Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum indicum), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Wood block print and manuscript on paper, Japan, 1828. The wood block prints meassure approximately 25 cm in height. The wood block print is from Honzo Zufu or Illustrated manual of medicinal plants

Background imageIllustration Collection: Cinera cum flore, 1613

Cinera cum flore, 1613
Illustration of Cinera cum flore, Cynara species, from Hortus Eystettensis, by Basilius Besler, 1613, volume 2

Background imageIllustration Collection: Fructus artischochi, 1613

Fructus artischochi, 1613
Illustration of Fructus artischochi, currently accepted as Cynara cardunculus, commonly known as artichoke. Artwork from Hortus Eystettensis by Basilius Besler, 1613, volume 2

Background imageIllustration Collection: Corypha taliera, c 1795 - 1804

Corypha taliera, c 1795 - 1804
Illustration of Corypha taliera, by unknown Indian artist, 1795 - 1804. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh, Kew Collection, c. 1795 - 1804

Background imageIllustration Collection: Crocus sativus, 1887

Crocus sativus, 1887
Crocus sativus or commonly known as saffron from Iridaceae family. Illustration from Kohlers Medicinal Plants, Kohler Med. Pfl. (i) t. 60, 1887

Background imageIllustration Collection: Elevation of the Great Pagoda as first intended, 1763

Elevation of the Great Pagoda as first intended, 1763
Sir William Chambers first published this design of the Pagoda in 1763 in his Plans, elevations, sections, and perspective views of the gardens and buildings at Kew in Surry

Background imageIllustration Collection: Elevation of the Great Pagoda

Elevation of the Great Pagoda by William Chambers, Architect Sir William Chambers first published this design of the Pagoda in 1763 in his Plans, elevations, sections

Background imageIllustration Collection: The Mosque

The Mosque
Illustration from Sir William Chambers 1763 publication, Plans, elevations, sections, and perspective views of the gardens and buildings at Kew in Surry

Background imageIllustration Collection: A View of the Wilderness with the Alhambra, the Pagoda and the

A View of the Wilderness with the Alhambra, the Pagoda and the
Illustration from William Chambers 1763 publication, Plans, elevations, sections, and perspective views of the gardens and buildings at Kew in Surry. Engraving on paper

Background imageIllustration Collection: Stewartia malacodendron L

Stewartia malacodendron L
Illustration inscribed in large, painted letters, STEWARTIA, Stuartia malacodendron, Catesb. car.3. p.13. tab.13. ; signed and dated lower right corner

Background imageIllustration Collection: Solanum lycopersicum, Tomatoes

Solanum lycopersicum, Tomatoes
Tomatoes, or Love-Apples. Illustration from Ernst Benarys Album Benary - Tab. XXIV, 1876-82. Chromolithograph

Background imageIllustration Collection: Zingiber officinale, 1887

Zingiber officinale, 1887
Zingiber officinale, commonly known as ginger, from Köhler's Medizinal Pflanzen by Franz Eugen Köhler, 1887, volume 2, plate 202

Background imageIllustration Collection: Foliage, Flowers, and Seed-vessels of a rare West Australian Shrub, 1880

Foliage, Flowers, and Seed-vessels of a rare West Australian Shrub, 1880
Foliage, Flowers, and Seed-vessels of a rare West Australian Shrub by Marianne North, 1880. Painting number 751

Background imageIllustration Collection: The Great Pagoda, (exterior)

The Great Pagoda, (exterior)
Sir William Chambers first published this design of the Pagoda in 1763 in his Plans, elevations, sections, and perspective views of the gardens and buildings at Kew in Surry

Background imageIllustration Collection: Mesembryanthemum simplex, 1793

Mesembryanthemum simplex, 1793
Watercolour and pencil on paper by Francis Masson, 1793. Field sketch made by Masson in the Cape of Good Hope

Background imageIllustration Collection: Iris bulbosa latifolia, 1757

Iris bulbosa latifolia, 1757
Gouache painting on vellum of Iris latifolia with a moth by Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770), signed and dated 1757. The painting is from the Tankerville Collection, purchased 1934

Background imageIllustration Collection: Tulip Baquet Rigaux Optimus, 1740

Tulip Baquet Rigaux Optimus, 1740
Watercolour on paper of Tulip Baquet Rigaux Optimus, 1740. Painting by Georg Dionysus Ehret (1708 - 1770). Part of the Arthur Church Collection

Background imageIllustration Collection: Aloe mitriformis, 1810

Aloe mitriformis, 1810
Original illustration of Aloe mitriformis, from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1270, 1st March 1810. The currently accepted plant name is Aloe perfoliata

Background imageIllustration Collection: Fallopia japonica - Japanese Knotweed

Fallopia japonica - Japanese Knotweed
Tab.6503. - Fallopia japonica as Polygonum cuspidatum the original illustration is by Anne Barnard, watercolour on paper, 1880; The plate, 6503, was published in Curtiss Botanical Magazine

Background imageIllustration Collection: 705. Palmyra Palms in Flood-time

705. Palmyra Palms in Flood-time
Illustration of Borassus flabellifer, commonly known as Palmyra palm by Marianne North from Marianne North Collection, Kew, 1870

Background imageIllustration Collection: Microscopical observations of cinchona bark and seedlings, 1862

Microscopical observations of cinchona bark and seedlings, 1862
Microscopical observations of cinchona bark and seedlings by Walter Hood Fitch, from J. E. Howard, Illustrations of the Nueva Quinologia of Pavon, 1862

Background imageIllustration Collection: Galanthus nivalis, 1832-1833

Galanthus nivalis, 1832-1833
Illustration of Galanthus nivalis commonly known as snowdrop, milk flower or candlemass bells, 1832-1833. Artwork from Flora Regni Borussici by Albert Gottfried Dietrich, volume 1, plate 32

Background imageIllustration Collection: Dracula chimaera (Vampire orchid), 1882-1897

Dracula chimaera (Vampire orchid), 1882-1897
Illustration of Dracula chimaera by John Nugent Fitch from The Orchid Album, Comprising Coloured Figures and Descriptions of New, Rare, and Beautiful Orchidaceous Plants, 1882- 1897; t. 203

Background imageIllustration Collection: Dianthus species from Honzo Zufu, 1828-1844

Dianthus species from Honzo Zufu, 1828-1844
Nadeshiko, fringed pinks, cultivated Dianthus superbus var. longicalycinus of Japanese origin, greatly influenced by human cultivation. Manuscript hand painted on paper, Japan, 1828

Background imageIllustration Collection: Iris (Iris sanguinea), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828

Iris (Iris sanguinea), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Wood block print and manuscript on paper, Japan, 1828. The wood block prints meassure approximately 25 cm in height. The wood block print is from Honzo Zufu or Illustrated Manual of Medicinal Plants

Background imageIllustration Collection: Citrus x aurantium orange, ancient cultivar of the mandarin-pomelo hybrid complex, Honzo Zufu, 1828

Citrus x aurantium orange, ancient cultivar of the mandarin-pomelo hybrid complex, Honzo Zufu, 1828
Citrus x aurantium orange, ancient cultivar of the mandarin-pomelo hybrid complex, Wood block print and manuscript on paper, Japan, 1828. The wood block prints meassure approximately 25 cm in height

Background imageIllustration Collection: Roses (Rosa multiflora or Rosa polyantha), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828

Roses (Rosa multiflora or Rosa polyantha), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Wood block print and manuscript on paper, Japan, 1828. The wood block prints meassure approximately 25 cm in height. The wood block print is from Honzo Zufu or Illustrated manual of medicinal plants

Background imageIllustration Collection: Poppy (Papaver), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828

Poppy (Papaver), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Wood block print and manuscript on paper, Japan, 1828. The wood block prints meassure approximately 25 cm in height. The wood block print is from Honzo Zufu or Illustrated manual of medicinal plants

Background imageIllustration Collection: Lodoicea maldivica

Lodoicea maldivica, commonly known as coco de mer or double coconut by William Jackson Hooker from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, 1827. Artwork from volume 54, plate 2734

Background imageIllustration Collection: Rhododendron Dalhousiae (frontispiece), 1849

Rhododendron Dalhousiae (frontispiece), 1849
Frontispiece of a Rhododendron dalhousieae Hook. f. in its native locality, 1849

Background imageIllustration Collection: Reynoutria japonica, 1880

Reynoutria japonica, 1880
Illustration of Reynoutria japonica, commonly known as Japanese knotweed. Hand-coloured lithograph on paper after the original drawing by Anne Barnard, 1880

Background imageIllustration Collection: Tamarindus indica, tamarind

Tamarindus indica, tamarind
Hand painted copy of an illustration of tamarind, commissioned by William Roxburgh. In his Flora Indica, Roxburgh describes this species as a magnificent tree, one of the largest in India

Background imageIllustration Collection: Elettaria cardamomum, 1887

Elettaria cardamomum, 1887
Illustration of Elettaria cardamomum, commonly known as cardamom, from Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen, 1887, volume 1, plate 74

Background imageIllustration Collection: Papaver somniferum, opium poppy

Papaver somniferum, opium poppy
Watercolour of a red opium poppy, Papaver somniferum from Sebastian Schedels Calendarium (1610)

Background imageIllustration Collection: Benary - Mendelss peas - Tab XXIII - t. 23

Benary - Mendelss peas - Tab XXIII - t. 23
Benary - Mendelss peas - Tab XXIII - t.23

Background imageIllustration Collection: Corypha umbraculifera (Talipot Palm)

Corypha umbraculifera (Talipot Palm)
Corypha umbraculifera commonly known as Talipot Palm from Kerner/ Hansen Pflanzenleben, volume 1. Inscription says " Die Schattenpalme (Corypha umbraculifera)

Background imageIllustration Collection: Study of Coco de Mer - Lodicea sechellarum

Study of Coco de Mer - Lodicea sechellarum
Illustration of the germinating nut, a snake twined around one of the trees and also a drawing of the cross section of the nut

Background imageIllustration Collection: Aconitum napellus

Aconitum napellus
botanic illustration of monkshood

Background imageIllustration Collection: Mesembryanthemum digitatum, 1772-1793

Mesembryanthemum digitatum, 1772-1793
Watercolour on paper of Mesembryanthemum digitatum by Francis Masson, 1772-1793. The inscription mentions Dactylopsis digitata which is an old synonym the current accepted plant name

Background imageIllustration Collection: Pandanus candelabrum, P. Beauv. (Lustre Screw-pine)

Pandanus candelabrum, P. Beauv. (Lustre Screw-pine)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 5014, 1st November 1857. Watercolour and pencil on paper. W.J

Background imageIllustration Collection: Stapelia reticulata, 1814

Stapelia reticulata, 1814
Original illustration of Stapelia reticulata, currently accepted as Huernia reticulata, commonly known as netted-flowered stapelia, from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1662

Background imageIllustration Collection: Hoodia bainii, 1878

Hoodia bainii, 1878
Original illustration of Hoodia bainii, currently accepted as Hoodia gordonii, from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 6348, 1st March 1878. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageIllustration Collection: From top of Choonjerma Pass. 15, 000ft looking West over Nepal, snows, 1848

From top of Choonjerma Pass. 15, 000ft looking West over Nepal, snows, 1848
Pencil sketch from top of Choonjerma Pass [Mirgin La Pass]. 15, 000ft looking West over Nepal. Illustrated by Joseph Dalton Hooker, 1848

Background imageIllustration Collection: Allium sphaerocephalon, 1794

Allium sphaerocephalon, 1794
Illustration of Allium sphaerocephalon, commonly known as ornamental onion. Hand-coloured lithograph on paper by Sydenham Edwards, 1794. Artwork from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, volume 7, plate 251

Background imageIllustration Collection: Allium senescens, 1808

Allium senescens, 1808
Illustration of Allium senescens, commonly known as ornamental onion. Hand-coloured lithograph on paper by Sydenham Edwards, 1808. Artwork from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, volume 29, plate 1150

Background imageIllustration Collection: Allium giganteum, 1885

Allium giganteum, 1885
Hand-coloured lithograph on paper by Matilda Smith, 1885. Artwork from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, volume 111, plate 6828




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