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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New in Kew -

At the moment Shirley Sherwood Gallery exhibits among other jewels the following:
1. First Time Out:

  (Japanese xylarium - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
Five London Museums including Kew displays collections that have never been displayed before. Objects telling about past environment, cultures and events. In the picture three of the 26 displayed Japanese woodpanels illustrating trees that are important in Japanese culture. These panels were made at the University of Tokyo Botanical Gardens in 1878. Each of the panels is made of the wood and bark of the plant shown in the painting.
(from left: Trachycarpus fortunei, Pyrus pyrifolia and Diospyros kaki - all these three trees are native in China but introduced to Japan for many centuries ago).

2. The Botanical Brush, From Eye to Hand and Hidden Treasure

(Acacia erioloba by R. Pedder-Smith)

The Botanical Brush features nine artists who have contributed for the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium. From Eye to Hand includes partly invitational botanical material and partly art from the 200,000 item Kew Art Collection. Hidden Treasure exhibits botanical art from Dr. Shirley Sherwood's collection concentrating to botanicals illustrating what is under the soil. In this specific exhibit we can see Dr. Sherwood's favorite "Beetroot" by Susannah Blaxhill

3.  Earliest European view of Everest found in Kew archives:

Sketch of Mount Everest by Sir Joseph Hooker, the director of Kew between 1865 and 1885.
This sketch was identified at the end of last year and is on display in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery until June 1st 2011.

You can see these exhibits and much more if you join us for the Arts and Archives Europe tour in April - we have one seat available. For more information, please click here

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