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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Past Exhibitions

Gifts of Winter


26 October 2000 – 28 February 2001

After the hours of daylight shorten and autumn color declines, the winter season is often described as cold, dark and drab, but there is beauty and delicacy in plant forms. This exhibition depicted these "gifts of winter" in artworks and books from the Institute's collection and in paintings created especially for the exhibition by Richard Carroll (1931–2001), Charles Pitcher (1927–2009) and Michael Wheeler. The other artists included Cicely Mary Barker, Ferdinand Lucas Bauer (1760–1826), Pieter Casteels (1684–1749), Anne Ophelia Dowden (1907–2007), Elizabeth Dowle, Georg Dionys Ehret (1708–1770), Stephen Fisher, Kiyoshi Hasegawa (1891–1980), Reinder Homan, Madame Berthe Hoola Van Nooten, Mieko Ishikawa, Owen Jones, Warren Mack (1869–1952), George Mackley (1900–1983), Alan Magee, Stanley Maltzman, Kate Nessler, Marilena Pistoia, Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759–1840), Mrs. Edward Roscoe, Margaret Stones, Pierre-Jean-François Turpin (1775–1840), USDA Forest Service Collection, Frederick Andrews Walpole (1861–1904), Samuel M. Wickersham (1819–1893), John Wilkinson, Kokei or Kodo Yoshikawa (fl.1800s). Accompanying the exhibition was a full-color illustrated catalogue, which included a sampling of 19th-century poetry related to the season and biographical data on each artist.

Helleborus niger ... [Helleborus niger Linnaeus, Ranunculaceae], gouache on vellum by Georg Dionys Ehret (1708–1770), 1745, 48 × 36 cm, HI Art accession no. 2649.