Print designed January 2010 for Spring/Summer 2011, created for a UK fashion brand.; a digital collage from Alexander Marshal’s ‘plant portraits’.
Marshal lived & worked in close conjunction with John Tradescant the Younger during Tradescant’s royal post of Keeper of the Gardens of Oatland Palace, Surrey. Tradescant & his father were among the greatest names of English garden history, their residence nicknamed ‘The Ark’, housed a unique collection of curiosities that is now part of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University.
By the mid 17th C, new plants were arriving in England from all over the world via ambassadors of Constantinople, Canada and Virginia. Tradescant would himself take expeditions abroad in search of new plant species, while Marshal would record these once secret wonders in water-colour.