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The Florilegium of Alexander Marshal at Windsor Castle

The Florilegium of Alexander Marshal contains 159 folios of watercolours depicting more than 600 varieties of plants, insects, birds and animals and is the only known example of a flower book painted by an English artist in the seventeenth century.

This beautifully illustrated large format catalogue, which includes 160 full page colour plates, is the first in a series of four catalogues devoted to the Natural History drawings in the Royal Collection.

“Enchanting” Anna Pavord, The World of Interiors “Beautifully produced and presented” Garden History Society News

384 pages | color plates throughout | 10 x 12 | © 2000

Art: British Art

Biological Sciences: Botany

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Table of Contents

List of Figures




   Alexander Marshal: Life and Work  

      Prudence Leith-Ross

   Marshal’s Place in the History of Botanical Illustration   

      Henrietta McBurney

   Physical Description of the Windsor Volumes   

      Henrietta McBurney


   Note to the Reader


   Supplementary drawings

Appendix A: Marshal’s Letter to Sir Justinian Isham, 9 September 1641

Appendix B: The Freind Catalogue

Appendix C: List of Known Works by Marshal


Photographic Acknowledgments


Index of Modern Latin Names of Plants and Animals

General Index

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