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Praised as probably the most accomplished botanical artists of the twentieth century, Margaret Stones served as the principal illustrator for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for twenty-five years. A recipient of the Silver and Gold Royal Horticultural Society Veitch Memorial Medals and the Garden Club of The united states’s Eloise Payne Luquer Medal, Stones established a new standard for botanical illustration right through her long career. In 1975, Louisiana State University chancellor Paul W. Murrill commissioned Stones to create a series of drawings of native Louisiana plants and described the outcome of that project as “a modern-day equivalent of John James Audubon’s Birds of America.”
Stones’s illustrations of Louisiana’s native flora―in the end totaling over 200 exquisite watercolor drawings―inspired the 1980 LSU Press publication of a big folio of twelve loose prints and, in 1991, the release of Flora of Louisiana: Watercolor Drawings by Margaret Stones. Make a selection originals composed a traveling exhibition hosted by a large number of venues including the Louisiana State Museum; the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History; the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh; and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Decades after their completion, Stones’s drawings of Louisiana flora remain on display in museums and function an exceptional resource in the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections.
Treasured by gardeners, art collectors, and botanists out and in of Louisiana, this contribution to Stones’s oeuvre highlights the diversity of endemic plant species in southeastern North The united states and along the Gulf Coast. Drawn only from fresh plants gathered under the guidance of LSU professor Lowell E. Urbatsch, Stones’s detailed and captivating depictions remain a lasting and unprecedented study of the state’s natural beauty.
This new edition offers the first complete collection of Stones’s Louisiana illustrations on archival, acid-free paper, reproduced in elegant, oversize prints. Paired with botanical descriptions by Urbatsch, these exceptional museum-quality reproductions of the artist’s watercolors provide intimate get admission to to the precision and delicacy that define Stones’s mastery.
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