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Sunday 16th June 2024, 10:00am

16th-23rd June: Exhibition - A Garden of Botanical Art

Badminton Estate

A Garden of Botanical Art: Paintings from the collection of Mary Somerset, the First Duchess of Beaufort.

We are delighted to announce our first art exhibition opening Sunday 16th June, 10.00am-4pm in the North Hall at Badminton House.

In 1703 Mary Somerset, the first Duchess of Beaufort, commissioned Everard Kik, a Dutch botanical artist, to create a series of paintings showing the extraordinary variety of plants she had grown from seeds sent to her from all over the world. The final collection of 178 paintings, including many by Mary’s footman-turned-artist Daniel Frankcom, and some possibly by Mary herself, were later bound in a two volume album, a “florilegium” which has been kept at Badminton House, Gloucestershire, where Mary lived and grew many of her plants. The florilegium has remained at Badminton for more than 300 years and most of the paintings have never been seen publicly before this exhibition.

From June 16th-23rd and September 8th-15th 2024 there will be an exhibition of 30 reproductions of some of the finest paintings from the florilegium at Badminton House, as well as an opportunity to view the originals in their bound volumes. There will also be a sale of limited edition copies of some of the paintings, which demonstrate not only the range of plants grown in Mary’s gardens but how her influence was both scientific and cultural.

Many of the specimens she raised are now stalwarts of British gardening and echoes of her early interests can be seen in the gardens and glass houses at Badminton today, and in our continuing fascination with the botanical world. As she once wrote: “When I get into storys of plants, I know not how to get out.”

Tickets for Sunday 16th June and Sunday 8th September are £5 if you visit as part of the Open Garden Day.

For all other dates 17th-23rd and September 9th-13th 2024 tickets are £17.50 for adults and £14 for seniors/concessions. Prices include entry to the gardens.

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Badminton Estate
Badminton, GL9 1DD

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