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Mr Marshal's Flower Book (2nd Hand Hardback)

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Subtitled : Being a Compendium of the Flower Portraits of Alexander Marshal Esq. : As Created for His Magnificent Florilegium. Here arranged by season and supplemented with an Introduction and Commentary and with a selection of plates from the original.

This publication celebrates the work of Alexander Marshal and his exquisite Florilegium, the only surviving example of a 17th-century English flower-book.  It takes the reader through a year in the life of an English garden, from the snowdrops and crocuses of early spring to autumnal gourds and Chinese lanterns.

Although little known today, Alexander Marshal was one of the most extraordinary botanical artists of his time.  Mr Marshal’s Flower Book, the first popular introduction to the artist’s life and work, will delight garden enthusiasts and art-lovers alike.

It was published to coincide with the exhibition Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace (until 28 September 2008), which has been curated in collaboration with the distinguished naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

A lavish compilation of botanical watercolours by the seventeenth-century horticulturalist is comprised of images from his only surviving flower book and features introductory text on the artist's life as well as his subjects. The beautiful paintings in his Florilegium, or 'flower book' garnered him much fame and established his reputation as a preeminent botanical artist.

  • Format : Slightly Smaller, Squarish 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
  • Condition : Good (1 and a half inch tear to bottom of back of dust jacket. The book itself is in Very Good condition)
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Home & Garden
  • Published : 1820's (This Edition 2008 - Royal Enterprise Publications)
  • ISBN : 9781905686032
  • SKU : B002648
  • PPC : SP550gm
  • RRP : Unknown
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

One of 15,000 first printing. With 192 pages, 140 colour illustrations.

External Reviews

"Mr Marshall was a gardener in the late 17th century, just before cameras were invented, so he had to draw and paint plant specimens to keep a record and say to other interested parties, "Hey, look what I got 'ere". If you are an amateur watercolourist look away now or make a vow to practice hard every day. Well worth having whether you are a gardener or artist or both." - Amazon Review.

"Gorgeous! Page after page of striking colour and minute details in a variety of flowers. Bonus? The intro is an intriguing account of Mr Marshal and how he came to paint the featured flora of his wealthy patrons' gardens." - Goodreads Review.

The Author

Alexander Marshal was an English entomologist, gardener and botanical artist, noted for four albums of paintings, including the florilegium he compiled, consisting of some 160 folios of plants cultivated in English gardens, and finally presented to George IV in the 1820's.