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Richard Crowie Hall, Kirstenbosch National Botanical GardenVisit website
16 Jan 2020 - 15 Mar 2020
Another first in South Africa, Lady Tait returns to Kirstenbosch. Until 15 March 2020, Kirstenbosch’s Richard Crowie Hall will be home to dozens of beautiful botanical illustrations by renowned artist, Lady Cynthia Tate. This special exhibition is the first of its kind at Kirstenbosch and simply a must see this year. Lady Tait’s paintings were inherited by her granddaughter, Cynthia Cormack, who granted permission for them to be exhibited at one of her grandmother’s favourite spots, Kirstenbosch. The paintings had almost been forgotten by the public until a conversation between Cormack and noted horticulturist, Raymond Evison, which led to an exhibition in Guernsey.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Society Chairman, Keith Kirsten, attended the opening of the Guernsey exhibition and, enchanted by the paintings, resolved to bring the exhibition to Kirstenbosch where many of these delightful paintings found their inspiration and, indeed, were actually illustrated on Lady Tait’s frequent visits to Kirstenbosch and during her time at Luncarty.
Curated by Mary van Blommestein of the Irma Stern Museum, the exhibition will also include botanical art by the Western Cape branch of the Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa.
The exhibition will be open every day from 09h00 to 18h00. Entry to the exhibition is free but Garden entry fees apply; BotSoc members with membership cards will gain free access to the Garden and exhibition.
For information about the exhibition, contact Catherine Gribble on 021 671 5468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.