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Anguloa clowesii

Raymond Booth (1929-2015)


Signed and dated 1987

Oil on paper

26 ½ x 17 inches

Roy Strong, Country Life, 25 April 1991, Page 88-89, 'Graphic Virtuosity';
Peyton Skipwith (text), Raymond Booth,
An Artist's Garden, New York: Callaway, 2000, Page 37, as 'Cradle Orchid'

'Raymond Booth: Painter and Plantsman', Fine Art Society, London, July 1991, No 24;
'Raymond Booth: A Memorial Exhibition', Fine Art Society, London, August- September 2016, No 104;
'Raymond Booth: In the Wild', Fine Art Society, London, May-June 2017, No 41;
'A Century of British Art: 1945-2010', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, October-November 2021, no 271

Anguloa clowesii
Raymond Booth was not only a formidable wildlife artist, but also an expert plantsman, and he nurtured many rare plants, including orchids, in the garden and greenhouses of his Leeds home. In his later years in particular, these provided ready subjects for his art.
The impressive, fragrant Anguloa clowesii is one of 18 species in the Anguloa or Tulip genus of orchids, all of which are native to Central or South America. The genus in general was first described in 1798 and named in honour of Francisco de Angulo, Director-General of Mines of Peru. However, this particular species was first described by the English botanist, John Lindley, in the early nineteenth century, and named after the Rev John Clowes (1743-1831) of Broughton Hall, near Manchester, and incumbent of Manchester Collegiate Church (now Manchester Cathedral). Clowes was a discerning and knowledgeable orchidist and had possessed a mixed collection of orchids from around the world.

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