The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration

Kew’s foremost contemporary botanical artist Christabel King has been painting botanical art for 40 years at Kew, and in this book she explains both scientific botanical illustration and the looser botanical art. This book covers all aspects of botanical illustration, including the materials required, plant collecting and preserving, and drawing and painting techniques. The author discusses painting different plant specimens, from leaves, flowers, cactii and succulents, wildflowers and trees, to plant portraits for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine.


This accessible and authoritative account is both suitable for beginners as well as experienced artists, packed with beautiful, inspiring paintings and drawings.



About the Author
Kew's chief botanical artist, and one of Kew's elite band of practitioners, Christabel King has been working as an illustrator at Kew for 40 years. In 1975 she began painting for their prestigious Curtis's Botanical Magazine (the longest running botanical magazine - first edition 1787), after achieving a degree in botany and scientific illustration. She runs successful workshops and courses at Kew and is highly skilled and acclaimed for her work. This will be her first book.

Author: Christabel King
128pp. 216 x 280 mm. Colour illustrations throughout. Paperback
ISBN 9781844489473
Search Press in association with RBG Kew


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