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The Gilded Canopy: Botanical Ceiling Panels of the Natural History Museum (London)

Art / Photobook

By: Sandra Knapp and Bob Press

168 pages, Illus

London Natural History Museum

Hardback | Nov 2005 | #155341 | ISBN: 0565091980
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About this book

How can a major art collection be on full display to the public, yet never be noticed? The answer is that it is on the ceiling. These painted panels were a key part of the Natural History Museum's original design and are covered in plants of all descriptions, painted in rich colours and finely gilded.'...each one tells a story - plants that have made and broken Empires, been the cause for terrible human suffering, or have brought joy through their beauty...the plants themselves tell stories that bring to life the times in which the Museum was conceived and built - the Victorian age.' From the Preface to "The Gilded Canopy".With specially commissioned photographs showing every single panel and full of intriguing plant histories, this book is a fascinating insight into one of London's best kept secrets.

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Sandra Knapp is author of Potted Histories (2004). The French edition was winner of the prestigious French gardening-book award, the Redoute Prize. Bob Press is an expert in Museum history and Associate Keeper of the Botany Department. He is co-author of Nature's Treasurehouse (2001).

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