Botanical Art, Botanical Commerce: Britain meets China at the Dawn of Modernity
Peter Crane, Jordan Goodman and Josepha Richard Introduced by Jane Owen
Saturday, 24 March 2018
Weston Lecture Theatre
£8 - £13.50
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Former director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew Sir Peter Crane, author and expert in the history of science, medicine and culture Jordan Goodman and expert in Sino-British botanic paintings Josepha Richard discuss an important archive of botanic paintings and what it says about interactions between Britain and China in the 18th century.
Crane is inaugural President of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, Virginia, USA, which contains the archive of 18th-century tea trader John Bradby Blake. Blake first visited Canton in 1767/68 and, before his death in 1773, his collaboration with the Chinese artist Mauk-Sow-U produced over 150 striking and botanically accurate paintings of Chinese plants. These paintings and the associated archives provide details of an interesting life and previously little-known dimensions of late 18th-century social and scientific interactions between the British and Chinese, including British attempts to secure living plants that could prove useful at home and in its colonies.
The panel will be introduced by deputy editor of FT Weekend Jane Owen.
This event is part of a series for FT day at the festival and lasts 45 minutes.