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The Cleghorn Collection: South Indian Botanical Drawings, 1845 to 1860

Art / PhotobookNew

By: Henry J Noltie (Author), Simon Milne (Foreword By)

176 pages, 216 colour & b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Hardback | Aug 2016 | #229140 | ISBN-13: 9781910877111
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £19.99 $25/€24 approx

About this book

Volume 2 of a new two-part work on Indian environmental history and botanical art. Can also be bought as a set at a reduced price.

After Cleghorn's death his outstanding collection of drawings, and books relating to forestry and botany, was divided between the University of Edinburgh and what became the National Museum of Scotland. The latter share was transferred to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) in 1940, whereupon it was reunited with his substantial Indian herbarium that had been given in 1896. At this point Cleghorn became, if posthumously, one of the most significant benefactors in the Garden's 300-year history – books dating back to 1582, and around 3000 exquisite botanical drawings. In The Cleghorn Collection, more than 200 of the drawings from the Cleghorn Collection are reproduced, in colour, for the first time. These include drawings from nature, copies based on European prints, and Nature Prints made from herbarium specimens. They are the work of several South Indian artists and of pupils of the pioneering Madras School of Art.


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