Curtis's Botanical Magazine
Editor: Martyn Rix
Curtis’s Botanical Magazine provides an international forum of particular interest to botanists and horticulturists, plant ecologists and those with a special interest in botanical illustration.
Curtis’s Botanical Magazine is famous as the longest running botanical periodical featuring colour illustrations of plants. Founded in 1787 by William Curtis, it was produced in response to the ‘repeated solicitations of several ladies and gentlemen for a work in which Botany and Gardening, or the labours of Linnaeus and Miller, might happily be combined’. Curtis wrote that subscribers should ‘wish to become scientifically acquainted with the plants they cultivate’.
In 1827 William Hooker, then Professor of Botany at Glasgow, became editor and so began a long association with the Hooker family and also with Kew, when in 1841 William became its first Director. Hooker brought with him from Scotland a young artist, W.H. Fitch, the Magazine’s most famous illustrator. Joseph Hooker, Kew’s illustrious second Director was also editor of the periodical. The collection of botanical paintings specifically commissioned to accompany enlightening and authoritative articles, number over 11,000, and reside in the Library Art and Archives at Kew.
Affectionately known as the ‘Bot Mag’, now well over two hundred years old, the Magazine is still published today. Each four-part volume contains 24 illustrated plant portraits reproduced from watercolour originals by leading international botanical artists. The journal provides an international forum of interest to botanists and horticulturists, plant ecologists and those with a special interest in botanical illustration. Detailed but accessible articles combine horticultural and botanical information, history, conservation and economic uses of the plants described.
In its heyday many thousands of copies of the Bot Mag were printed with hand coloured illustrations, now the journal is principally used online although it is still available in high quality print format.
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Published for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Print ISSN: 1355-4905
Online ISSN: 1467-8748
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