Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

See this: Botanical prints by Joseph Dalton Hooker

Botanical prints are having a moment, gracing the walls of many a fashionable interior, as well as providing the inspiration for numerous fabric prints. Along with Victorian glass display domes and the fad for taxidermy, the artists who first recorded in detail the shapes, structures and colours of the world’s flora are providing objects ideal for display in the discerning home. This July is the 200th birthday of one of the art form’s leading lights, artist and explorer Joseph Dalton Hooker, an anniversary celebrated in a new exhibition of both his work and the work of his more modern artistic descendants.

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

Joseph Hooker, Director of Kew Gardens, London 1865.

The exhibition will feature some of Hooker’s work as well as paintings of plants he is either associated with or which were named after him. The list of plants named after Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker is extensive, says Founder and Principal of the Chelsea School of Botanical Art, Helen Allen. “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.”

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

Hooker was a friend of Charles Darwin and supporter of his theory of natural selection, and was the Director of Kew Gardens until 1885. Written with George Bentham and published in 1883, his key work was Genera Plantarum, which described 7,569 genera and approximately 97,000 species of seed-bearing plants, based on his own examinations of the specimens cited, the majority of which were then donated to Kew.

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

From Halesworth to the Himalayas is on from 1 to 19 July 2017 at the Halesworth GallerySteeple End, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8LL.



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