Exhibition of Flower Drawings at Fitzwilliam Museum Explores the Legacy of Redouté


CAMBRIDGE.- The ‘Raphael of flowers’, Joseph-Pierre Redouté (1759-1840), internationally famous for his prints of roses and lilies, was the finest botanical draughtsman of his age. In France he had a prestigious reputation in his own time, working for the Royal court both for Queen Marie-Antoinette and then for the Empress Joséphine following the French Revolution. Later in life his school of botanical drawing in Paris had over 80 pupils, the majority of them women, a number of whom became professional painters of flowers. This latest exhibition from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s prestigious Broughton collection of flower paintings and drawings will show the legacy of Redouté as an artist and teacher through a dual display of his work and works by some of his most accomplished students. The exhibition will also celebrate the recent acquisition of a watercolour by artist Julie Ribault. Painted in 1830, Redouté’s scho