Pears & Apples: The Botanical illustration of Elisabeth Dowle
Elisabeth Dowle is one of the world’s most respected and talented Botanical Artists. For the very first time her beautiful watercolours of Pears & Apples will be on display in the elegant exhibition rooms at Cannon Hall Museum. The exhibition will showcase Elisabeth’s beautiful illustrations from the Pear & Apple collection.
These life size plates were painted from fruits from the National Collection Fruit Collection, Brogdale, Kent, and were used to illustrate "The Book of Pears" by Joan Morgan (2015) and "The Book of Apples”/ "The New Book of Apples" ( 1993, 2002) by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards; published by Ebury Press.
Elisabeth has been awarded seven Gold Medals by the Royal Horticultural Society and her work has been published in fifteen books, featured on porcelain, in calendars and on seed packets. Her paintings, one of which was presented to the Princess of Wales, are in many important private collections and institutions, and her "Ribston Pippin Apple" was selected for inclusion in the Highgrove Florilegium.
The exhibition comes at an important time in the life of Cannon Hall Parks & Gardens, when indoors meets outdoors. Following a successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Parks for People programme, the gardens have undergone a £2.9 million renovation. Using archive photographs from the Cannon Hall Collection and a specially commissioned film the exhibition aims to make the connection with the Cannon Hall Historic pear collection, walled gardens and parkland.