TREASURES OF BOTANICAL PAINTING: The Kew Diamond Jubilee Collection

Celebrating the 60-year Reign
of Her Majesty The Queen

The Kew Diamond Jubilee Collection

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TREASURES OF BOTANICAL PAINTING:
The Kew Diamond Jubilee Collection

Celebrating the 60-year Reign of Her Majesty The Queen

Click to view the next painting A set of fine art prints to commemorate each decade of Her Majesty's reign, specially selected from the works of seven pioneering master botanical painters in the collections of the renowned Library of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Lily, William Jackson Hooker, 19th century
30th Anniversary; Lily, William Jackson Hooker, watercolour on thin card, 19th century
30th Anniversary; Lily, William Jackson Hooker, watercolour on thin card, 19th century
Born Norwich, Norfolk, England, 6 July 1785, died Kew, England, 12 August 1865.

William Jackson Hooker was a keen naturalist and artist who was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society at the age of 21. Through the Society he met Sir Joseph Banks, and with his help was appointed Regius Professor of Botany at Glasgow University. Whilst there he wrote several books, including Exotic Floras (1823-7) and Icones Filicum (1827-32), but always wanted to return south to work in London. In 1841 Hooker became Director of Kew and embarked on a programme of expansion, turning the garden from a declining royal park into a world class Botanic Garden and research institution. He brought Walter Hood Fitch (botanical artist and printmaker, 1817-1892) with him to Kew, but was also a fine botanical illustrator himself, and drew over 640 plates for Curtis's Botanical Magazine, of which he was Editor, as well as numerous ferns and mosses for other books.

Rix p. 249, in Treasures of Botanical Art, RBG, Kew : Richmond, 2008