From 1901 to 1927, Margaret, a giant in the field of Australian botanical illustration, was Director J.H.Maiden’s right–hand woman. Maiden’s key works such as Revision of the Genus Eucalyptus, Forest Flora of NSW and his extensive treatment of the Opuntia genus bear witness to Margaret’s unsurpassed talent as a scientific illustrator and as Australia’s first female lithographer. Between working with enormous limestones, various botanical collections and a stream of commercial work outside the Gardens, Margaret brought a sincere passion to her dynamic and long career.
The Margaret Flockton Award is unique amongst international art awards, focussing exclusively on contemporary scientific botanical illustration, as distinct from botanical art.
Illustrators from around the world submit scientifically accurate drawings that accompany the published taxonomic description of the plant, clearly highlighting all of the distinctive features of the species. Original taxonomic illustrations are highly detailed black and white drawings primarily undertaken in pen and ink, pencil or digitally rendered.
The Margaret Flockton Award commemorates the contribution Margaret Flockton made to Australian scientific botanical illustration. The Maple Brown Family and the Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens sponsor this annual, international award for excellence in scientific botanical illustration.
The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 16 September 2017 until Sunday 12 November 2017, 9am to 4pm daily.
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