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February 2022 Zoom Lecture

"Women, Botany and Art: From the Garden to the Easel”

Dr Twigs Way

Friday, 11th February at 2pm

In this highly illustrated talk, Dr Twigs Way will present an overview of the role of female artists in floral and botanic art from the 16th to the 19th century. Including discussion of the lives and works of female artists including Giovanna Garzoni, Maria van Oosterwijck, Rachel Ruysch, Elizabeth Blackwell, Mary Moser, Mary Delany (and Queen Charlotte); and Augusta Withers and Sarah Drake. 


Floral art has been often dismissed as a 'pleasing pastime’ for ladies of leisure, but this talk will explore how an association with floral and botanical works enabled women to enter the male-dominated worlds of art and science. Twigs will consider themes including perceived divisions between floral and botanic art, the amateur and the professional, the role of royal patronage and scientific studies, and of course the vexed question of marriage

Twigs Way is a garden historian, writer and researcher. Twigs is fascinated by the past and intrigued by the role of flowers, gardens and landscape in art and culture of all kinds. Her talks and books reflect that endless curiosity, with books on plants and gardens exploring themes of symbolism and meaning, class and gender, art and literature:  every plant has a tale to tell, every garden a past.  


Twigs is an accredited Arts Society lecturer and her history of the Chrysanthemum in art and culture was published by Reaktion in 2020. She is currently working on the “equally golden daffodil”.

Booking: Please book online. The tickets are £5 each.  We will send you a Zoom link for the lecture a few days before the 11th February. The lecture will last approximately 1 hour, followed by questions. The lecture will NOT be recorded.  

Queries: Please contact Janet by email at; or phone Fiona Hope on 0118 984 3504 for queries about the lecture.

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Still Life with Bowl of Citrons, late 1640s.By Giovanna Garzoni - (original John Paul Getty Museum)
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Still Life with Flowers on a Marble Tabletop, Rachel Ruysch, 1716  Courtesy of Rijksmuseum.
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