In this first retrospective collection, the renowned painter-botanist captured the natural world in the most breathtaking detail since Audubon.

Artists have long tried to capture the fleeting beauty of the natural world, but none succeeded as Raymond Booth did. (1929 - 2015). In a career that spanned fifty years, he built an immense body of work—lush oil compositions that transport you into idyllic scenes in which every leaf and petal comes alive in rapturous color.

By illuminating the whole plant in its environment, Booth’s paintings revealed more than a photograph ever could. The artist’s commentary, including gardening anecdotes and information such as habitat and flowering time, accompanies the plates. First published in 2000, Booth heralded the global interest in gardening, bird-watching, and the preservation of nature.

Raymond Booth trained at Leeds College of Art and had his first exhibition at the Royal Horticultural Society in London in 1953. His work has been exhibited at the Fine Art Society of London, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the PaineWebber Gallery in New York, and is represented in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the Ulster Museum, and the Hunt Institute in Pittsburgh. He lives in Leeds, England. 

Year published: 2000

11 ¹⁄₄ x 16, 132 pages

80 color plates