Monday, 5 May 2014

Orchid gems: revealed

After I saw the story about the photographs in the American Museum of Natural History’s vast archives, I did an orchid hunt on the site. Look what I came up with – some more gems to drool over.

Three wonderful illustrations popped up. First was ‘Orchid, botanical illustration for use in Bongo Group, Akeley Hall of African Mammals’, dated 13 April, 1934; and then ‘Orchid, painting by A. J. Klein for use in Bongo Group, 1934.’

Artist Robert W Kane (1910-1982) has several entries, including ‘Ground orchid, botanical illustration with colors noted, for use in Leopard Group, Akeley Hall of African Mammals’.

Well, any excuse for some exquisite orchid illustrations.

By Pamela Kelt

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