The Shirley Sherwood Collection: Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art (published 2019)

Shirley Sherwood

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.

Treasures of Botanical Art (first published 2008, reprinted 2019)

Shirley Sherwood and Martyn Rix

Kew Publication. Reveals the history of botanical painting, its beauty and science with works from two renowned collections and over 100 significant artists.

The Art of Plant Evolution (published 2009)

W John Kress and Shirley Sherwood

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.

A Passion for Plants, Contemporary Botanical Artists (published 2001)

Shirley Sherwood

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." -

Contemporary Botanical Artists; The Shirley Sherwood Collection (published 1997)

Shirley Sherwood

Celebrating the renaissance of botanical art work collected during five years from over a hundred painters living in sixteen different countries.

A New Flowering; 1000 Years of Botanical Art (published 2005)

Shirley Sherwood

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.

Old and New; South American Botanical Art (published 2010)

M. Pilar de San Pio Aladren and Shirley Sherwood

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

Rory McEwen; The Colours of Reality (published 2013)

Shirley Sherwood – contributor

Describes the life and work of this enigmatic man.  Shirley Sherwood considers his legacy and influence on today’s botanical artists as illustrated by works from her collection