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Elizabeth Blackadder: Favourite Flowers

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 exhibition, curated with The Scottish Gallery, brings together a selection of watercolours, etchings and screenprints from throughout her life in the theme of growth, looking ahead to the renewal of life that is always around the corner in the garden.

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This exhibition is in partnership with The Scottish Gallery

Elizabeth Blackadder in her garden (1989)

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.

The works in this exhibition will available for purchase in aid of the Garden Museum’s education programme. Please send any enquiries to Christina McMahon, Development Manager, at

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All images courtesy of The Scottish Gallery