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Master Drawings London, 4–10 July 2009

EXHIBITION OF MASTER DRAWINGS: 16th Century to Contemporary Botanical Watercolour by Evelyn Binns and Annie Patterson 4-10 July 2009
At 22 Bury Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6AL


Fritillaria imperialis,
watercolour on paper 790 x 430 mm.,
watercolour by Evelyn Binns

For the second year running Crispian Riley-Smith will be exhibiting during Master Drawings London week at 22 Bury Street, St.James’s London.   This exciting exhibition will consist of two exhibitions on two different floors of this Gallery in the heart of the art world. On the ground floor will be an exhibition of Master Drawings from 16th Century to the 20th Century, and will include some wonderful pictures by Dutch, Flemish, Italian and French Masters, there will also be on exhibition a selection of old master Botanical watercolours. Some of the highlights will include a recently re-discovered watercolour by Herman Numan of ‘Rupelmonde near Nieursluis’. This is one of the rare examples by Numan on the market which have been engraved for this important publication, ‘Vier-en-twintig printtekeningen (Twenty-Four Print Drawings), that he drew between 1793 and 1797.   Upstairs will be a special exhibition of recently completed work by Evelyn Binns and Annie Patterson. Some of the work has been specially commissioned for this exhibition. Evelyn Binns, was born on the same day as Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) who is known as the ‘Raphael of Flowers’, she has painted some amazing works on vellum for this show. Annie Patterson, who is being shown for the first time by Crispian Riley-Smith, has also drawn some beautiful watercolours on vellum.

To coincide with this exhibition will be a lecture on Thursday 9 July 2009, 2.30pm by Helen Allen, who is the Director of Botanical Painting and Illustration at the English Gardening School. The lecture is titled 'Inspired by Nature, A Contemporary View'. For tickets contact


Hermanus Numan (Ezinge 1744-Amsterdam 1820)
Rupelmonde near Nieursluis, signed with initials in the left hand corner ‘H:N:’, black chalk, pen and brown ink and watercolour, pen and brown ink framing lines



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Evelyn Binns (Orpington 1945)   Combining her lifelong love of flowers with a remarkable talent for capturing their essence on paper and vellum, Evelyn Binns is a botanical watercolour artist with an established reputation for fine artistic quality and precise botanical accuracy. Painted at actual size from living specimens, her subjects range enormously: from native wild flowers to rain forest exotics; from cottage garden favourites to hothouse hybrids; from fungi to fruit and vegetables. Evelyn has been awarded no fewer than seven Gold Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society’s London Winter Shows for her studies of camellias, orchids, heritage vegetables, narcissi, carnivorous plants and two collections of hellebores. She has also illustrated a variety of educational reference books for leading publishers and was commissioned by the prestigious Curtis’s Botanical Magazine to provide studies for colour plate and front cover reproduction. Evelyn’s watercolour originals are much in demand and are bought or commissioned by collectors worldwide. Her work can be found in the collections of the RHS Lindley Library, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, The Royal Hospital Chelsea and Dr Shirley Sherwood. She also has pictures in other private Royal collections.  

Annie Patterson (Born 1951)   Annie spent her early years in Singapore before returning to the UK where she attended various schools around the UK followed by a Foundation Course at Cambridge Art School before completing her degree at Kingston upon Thames School of Art and Design. With a busy career in graphic design for 30 years, she decided to devote more time to painting, combining a fascination with plants and a longing to use paints and brushes again. She enrolled on a Botanical painting course at the English Gardening School in 2000 under the tuition of Anne Marie Evans and going on to exhibit at the RHS, a solo show at Chateau de Villandry, France and she continues to exhibit in galleries in London and the USA.  Her work is included in the prestigious Highgrove Florilegium, under the aegis of the His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales charitable foundation and also in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and work is currently on show at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery. Paintings are in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburg and she is an ASBA member, winning awards at a recent New York Horticultural Society exhibition. In 2004 she was involved with starting the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium with a small group of artists and is a Fellow member. A collection of fruit and vegetable portraits are displayed in the National Trust Sissinghurst Gardens restaurant and paintings have been commissioned to illustrate publications in the USA and the UK. Her paintings are now in many public and private collections worldwide.  Annie works on paper and on vellum, paintings are usually life size and always observed from the living specimens of which she collects and grows many herself, from the familiar to the exotic, flowers and vegetables or a simple decaying leaf. By studying every aspect of the plant, together with her drawing skills and use of colour washes and fine brush work she achieves glowingly realistic, three dimensional paintings depicting the characteristics of each subject.