Art Exhibition and Herbarium Exhibition

Published on: 13th June 2018
By Sally Pinhey

Paintings from the Illustrated College Herbal

Treasures from the Herbarium of the Pharmaceutical Society

The exhibition of the paintings will be held in the Council Chamber of the Royal College of Physicians and the treasures from the herbarium in the Censors room opposite.

The illustrations that you'll find of mine are of restharrow and mugwort, or in Latin, Ononis repens and Artemesia vulgaris.

See below for some more details.


The exhibitions will open with a preview and drinks reception from 6 - 8pm on August 20th in the Dorchester Library of the College. Booking to attend will be done via the College website‚Äč

Private view evenings will be held on other occasions by special request


10am – 5pm
Tuesday 21 August – Friday 24 August,
Monday 27th – Thursday 30th August
(The art exhibition will be taken down on Friday 31st)

The botanical art work that will be on display was published in The Illustrated College Herbal. Plants from the PharmacopoeaLondinensis of 1618. It illustrates the medicinal plants that were used 400 years ago to make medicines for the College Physicians. They range from watercolours on paper and vellum, to pencil drawings and lithographs to pen and ink.

There will be a price list for those paintings which will be for sale and no commission will be charged.

The herbarium exhibition will highlight plant specimens from all over the world which are in the 6000 examples in the herbarium of the Pharmaceutical Society. The ones chosen had importance in cardiac medicine in the 19th century, and will be shown in association with the exhibition in the College of the works of William Harvey who first described how the blood travelled from the heart around the body and the lungs.  Information on some of the great plant collectors from that era will be displayed, with a particular interest in the medical men who risked their lives collecting in perilous places.

Paintings will be for sale
Postcards of the paintings will be for sale
Copies of the The Illustrated College Herbal will be for sale

Sally Pinhey: 13th Jun 2018 16:19:00