Dr Sherwood’s passion for botanical art has led her to write a number of books dedicated to the genre and contribute to many others. Some of these books were created to accompany exhibitions, others to respond to growing worldwide interest in botanical art and the almost universal obsession with gardening.
She is currently working on a book that will be a retrospective of her collection, published later this year to accompany a major exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens.
Packed with stunning images, her books are an homage to the renaissance of botanical art and have inspired both readers and artists worldwide. All editions that are still in print are available at the Kew bookshop, the Shirley Sherwood Gallery shop and at Amazon.co.uk (and other Amazon stores worldwide):
This book is a celebration of the Shirley Sherwood Collection of contemporary botanical art, made over a period of 30 years by Dr Shirley Sherwood and considered the most important private collection of its kind in the world.
Kew Publication. Reveals the history of botanical painting, its beauty and science with works from two renowned collections and over 100 significant artists.
136 paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection, arranged in the most up-to-date evolutionary sequence, that show the relationship between art and science using the latest DNA analysis.
Celebrating botanical art from the Shirley Sherwood Collection with work from over 80 painters living in 20 different countries around the world
"This is an ESSENTIAL book for any aspiring botanical artist." - botanicalartandartists.com
Celebrating the renaissance of botanical art work collected during five years from over a hundred painters living in sixteen different countries.
Book to accompany the Ashmolean’s 2005 exhibition providing a unique opportunity to compare illustrations by contemporary artists from the Shirley Sherwood Collection alongside remarkable botanical art of the past found in Oxford's collections and libraries.
South American botany is revealed through the juxtaposition of 62 drawings commissioned by Jose Celestino Mutis between 1783 and 1816 and a similar number of contemporary paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection.
Out of print