Dame Elizabeth Blackadder was one of Scotland’s greatest artists, celebrated for her beguiling and lyrical paintings of flowers. A passionate plantswoman, Blackadder’s garden provided her with rich inspiration year-round, from daffodils to autumn leaves, tulips, iris and lilies.
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition Elizabeth Blackadder: Favourite Flowers, curated in partnership with The Scottish Gallery. With a foreword by Garden Museum Curator Emma House and an essay written by The Scottish Gallery Director Guy Peploe, the catalogue is illustrated with the full exhibition selection of watercolours, etchings and screenprints from throughout Blackadder’s life in the themes of growth, hope, and the renewal of life that is always around the corner in the garden.
Blackadder (1931 – 2021) was the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy. She taught at Edinburgh College of Art from 1962 until her retirement in 1986. Her work can be seen at Tate, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and has appeared on a series of Royal Mail stamps.