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April 2012

Posted on 01/04/2012

Cape Flowers, drawn by Ethel Dixie

Disa Racemosa 

The recent beautiful weather and blooming of the College’s daffodils has inspired this month’s item which comes from Royal Holloway’s rare book collection held in Founder’s Library.

This beautiful collection of original water colour paintings of Cape flowers was painted by Ethel May Dixie (1876-1973) from Rondesbosch in South Africa. Dixie was clearly an important botanical artist; she was the principal illustrator on Rudolf Marloth's 6 volume Flora of South Africa and also lectured at the Cape Town School of Art. The book was given to the Botany department of Bedford College by her great friend, Nita Nettleton with the aim of being a source of inspiration to students at the College.

Disa Racemosa, pictured here, is an orchid found in swampy areas of South Africa. It blooms in late spring and early summer and will often only flower after a fire.

The rare book collection is catalogued on the main library catalogue.

Amy Warner, Associate Director (E-Strategy & Technical Services)



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