Bloom at Horniman Museum and Gardens


Credit: Edward Chell Pinterest


Get up close to the wonderful world of plants as Bloom, an extraordinary new exhibition at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, gets underway.

Created by the artist and academic Edward Chell, this beautiful take on nature features a series of highly detailed paintings of plants and plant silhouettes.

Each of the remarkable images have been inspired by the Horniman's gardens and the museum's famous historic archive. They have been painted on individual gesso panels and each piece is accompanied by related objects as well as the artefacts that inspired the work in the first place.

Around 40 of the panels have been directly influenced by a set of very rare books by Anna Atkins, an early photographer and British naturalist who was active in the 19th century. These pieces also relate to plants, both living and dried, from the archive - with highlights being Chell's reference to Atkins cyanotypes or sunprints that resemble the blue and white china popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Venue Details & Map

Horniman Museum and Gardens

100 London Road
SE23 3PQ
+44 (0)20 8699 1872
Public transport:
Rail: Forest HillBus: 63,122,176,185,312,P4,P13

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