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
Gladiolus filicata, Ann Lee, late 18th century
40th Anniversary; Gladiolus filicata, gouache on vellum, Ann Lee, late 18th century
40th Anniversary; Gladiolus filicata, gouache on vellum, Ann Lee, late 18th century
Born London, England, 1753, died London, England, ca. 1790. Also called Anna.

Ann Lee was the daughter of the nurseryman James Lee of Hammersmith (1715-1795), who was in partnership with John Kennedy (1759-1842). The Vineyard Nursery, as it was called, thrived between 1780 and around 1890, and introduced many new plants to cultivation, particularly from the Cape, America, Australia and from China. The Empress Josephine ordered hundreds of roses and other plants from Lee and Kennedy in 1807 and in 1810 a special passport was issued so that her order could pass through the British Naval blockade of the French ports. Ann Lee was a pupil of Sydney Parkinson (d. 1771), and a skilful flower painter, who might be better known if she had not died so young.

Rix p. 252, in Treasures of Botanical Art, RBG, Kew : Richmond, 2008