A man with a passion, John Day painted hundreds of exquisite watercolours
of the newly discovered orchids that were entrancing Victorian society.
These flowers, ranging from the elegant to the curious, were given
added appeal by tales of exotic lands, eventful plant hunting missions
and resourceful collectors.
result is a stunning archive of orchid illustrations, 280 of which
have been selected for reproduction in a superb book, A
Very Victorian Passion: The Orchid Paintings of John Day.
The history, background, and botany of the orchids depicted is introduced
and thoroughly explored by leading authorities, Philip Cribb and
the book online at kewbooks.com....
the online exhibition....