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Flora of Louisiana: Watercolor Drawings by Margaret Stones

Flora of Louisiana: Watercolor Drawings by Margaret Stones

by Margaret Stones
     
 

Many years ago, during a long, confining illness in her native Australia, Margaret Stones whiled away the hours drawing the wildflowers friends placed at her bedside. Today she is acclaimed as one of the world's most distinguished botanical artists. Stones served for twenty-five years as the principal illustrator for Curtis's Botanical Magazine, contributing more

Overview

Many years ago, during a long, confining illness in her native Australia, Margaret Stones whiled away the hours drawing the wildflowers friends placed at her bedside. Today she is acclaimed as one of the world's most distinguished botanical artists. Stones served for twenty-five years as the principal illustrator for Curtis's Botanical Magazine, contributing more than 400 drawings. She has also completed a six-volume illustrated work, The Endemic Flora of Tasmania, and has worked under commission for the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, England, the Royal Horticultural Society of England, and similar institutions the world over.

In 1976, as part of the United States' bicentennial celebration, Louisiana State University commissioned Stones to execute six watercolor renderings of Louisiana flora. This initial project was so successful that Stones was asked to draw a much larger number of the state's native plants. Today Stones has completed more than 200 watercolors, all of which are maintained in the LSU Libraries' E. A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection. The drawings represent not only a collection of exquisite botanical art but an accurate scientific record of Louisiana's lush, varied, and beautiful flora.

Flora of Louisiana reproduces the great bulk of Stones's collection. The volume contains more than 200 pages of full-color and black-and-white illustrations. Each drawing is accompanied by a short text that gives information about the plant, including a physical description and details about habitat and growing conditions.

The publications of Flora of Louisiana is set to coincide with the first of several international exhibitions of Stones's drawings, beginning in April, 1991.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Stones, one of the world's foremost botanical illustrators, is here teamed with Urbatsch, professor of botany at LSU. The result is this exquisite book, not only an accurate botanical record, but a work of art in its own right. The 156 black-and-white and 66 full-color drawings are paired with a short text that includes a physical description and notes on habitat and growing conditions. The color drawings use an entire page (9 x 12), with two per page for the black and white. The design, typeface, and binding are superior. For botanical and art collections.-- Richard Shotwell, Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, Mass.
Booknews
More than 220 of noted botanical artist Stones' watercolor drawings compose the Native Flora of Louisiana collection at LSU's Hill Memorial Library. Her drawings have been reproduced in this oversized (91/4x121/4" book which contains 156 b&w illustrations and 66 in color. Each drawing is accompanied by a detailed botanical description by Lowell Urbatsch (botany, LSU), who also coordinated the collecting of the specimens. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807116647
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1991
Pages:
218
Sales rank:
1,156,663
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Stones is a member of the Order of the British Empire and the Order of Australia. She has received the Royal Horticultural Society's Veitch Silver Memorial Medal and Veitch Gold Memorial Medal and the Garden Club of America's prestigious Eloise Payne Luquer Medal for special achievement in the field of botany. She holds honorary degrees from the University of Melbourne and Louisiana State University. Stones resides in Kew, England, where she continues to work on privately commissioned drawings and other projects.

Lowell Urbatsch is associate professor of botany at Louisiana State University.

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