The exhibitions celebrated the fine tradition of botanical art in Australia, from late 19th century watercolours by Gertrude Lovegrove to contemporary illustrations by more than 60 local and international artists.
Revealing the extraordinary plant life abundant across Sydney and New South Wales, the artworks evoke an ongoing cycle of growth, reproduction, decay and renewal so familiar to garden lovers.
Sydney Living Museums was delighted to present these two exhibitions as part of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s 200th birthday.
Florilegium: Sydney’s painted garden
This exhibition celebrates the renaissance in the long tradition of botanic art and demonstrates the botanical and horticultural development of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and its links with domestic gardens and the public landscapes of New South Wales over 200 years from 1816 to 2016.
The Artist & the Botanical Collector
The lost works of Lovegrove & Bäuerlen
Featuring a collection of original wildflower paintings from the 1890s, this exhibition highlights the partnership of amateur artist Gertrude Lovegrove and botanical collector William Bäuerlen. The show reveals their ambitious and ultimately unsuccessful endeavour to produce a multi-part publication called 'The wild flowers of New South Wales'.