Discover the watercolours of Emma Tennant in this exhibition of botanical subjects from all over Britain.
As a keen botanist, Emma Tennant displays her paintings alongside notes delving into the history of her subjects, paying tribute to the famous plant hunters and explorers of the past. The artist John Nash said that he travelled furthest when he stayed at home, and this collection shows it is possible to grow plants from many parts of the world in our benign climate.
The exhibition of 50 paintings includes narcissus and Clianthus punicea from the Scillies, mimosa from the Isle of Wight, sea kale from Norfolk, quinces from Suffolk, Magnolia campbellii from Lismore in Ireland, artichokes from North Wales, a wild waterlily from Sutherland and grapes from the famous vinery at Chatsworth, as well as plants both rare and familiar from Tennant’s own garden in southern Scotland.
All works are watercolour and ink on either an off-white Nepalese paper, or a Japanese kind made from the bark of a tree called Broussonetia papyrifera. Both absorb pigment, which makes it possible to achieve great depth of colour.
The first public screening of Ben Wood's film Emma Tennant, Artist and Gardener will also be shown at the Garden Museum.