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Scientific Illustration by Subject: Botanical/Botany:

Marshal, Alexander (c.1620 - 1682)


The Florilegium of Alexander Marshal


The Florilegium of Alexander Marshal: In the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle
by Prudence Leith-Ross


Kept in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, The Florilegium consists of two volumes of watercolors by the English artist Alexander Marshal (c. 1620-82). A botanical illustrator, horticulturist, and entomologist, Marshal was a gentleman of independent fortune who numbered among his friends some of the leading artists and botanists of his day. Marshal's style owes much to his experience as a miniaturist and to his connections with France. Watercolors of flowers, insects, and other forms of wildlife are delicately arranged on 159 folios, and Marshal's handwritten notes have been transcribed here to aid identification. Information about the plants and creatures depicted is given in the accompanying catalogue entries. Marshal's importance as an artist and his place in the history of botanical illustration are fully documented in the author's introduction and in the accompanying essay by Henrietta McBurney, Deputy Curator of the Print Room, Windsor Castle.


Also See:
Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery: Alexander Marshal


 

 

 

 

 

 

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