She was in Suriname for two years, painting butterflies, moths, their relationships with plants and their lifecycles, but had to return early with malaria.
She set out to investigate, document and paint the lifecycles of butterflies and moths at a time when most thought they arose spontaneously.
Spectacular paintings of India, followed by those of Australia and New Zealand, as recommended by Charles Darwin.
After a series of family tragedies, she decided to travel the world painting its plants. Now one of the most celebrated woman artists of the age.
The botanical and general artist to Sir Joseph Banks, botanist to James Cook’s first voyage in the Pacific. He didn’t live to see any of his works shown to the public.
A sampling of paintings by the other five of the Six Masters – four Wangs and the great flower painter Yun Shouping.
With his many different styles and genres, from sketchy post-Impressionism to his mature Precisionism, he was nothing if not versatile and varied.