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Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, (born 24 September 1931) is a Scottish painter and printmaker. She is the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy.

Description from The Glasgow Print Studio archive;      Illustration of orchid plant with 2 flowers, leaves and roots, inscribed 'ORCHIDACEAE Dendrobium 'Fire Coral'. Etching and Spit-bitten aquatint on two copper plates. Printed in purple-grey and red from first plate and olive green and yellow from second plate. The introduction text written by the artist for the portfolio states; “The idea of this portfolio of etchings came about when John Mackechnie invited me to exhibit at the Glasgow Print Studio Gallery at the time of the 14th World Orchid Conference in Glasgow in 1993. Intrigued by orchids, I have drawn and painted them for many years now. I have been helped to understand and appreciate at least a little about this fascinating family of plants by Paddy Woods of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. The choice of the etchings in the portfolio has been a subjective one. I chose the plants which appealed to me as an artist and which I found visually exciting in terms of shape, colour and structure. I make no claims to botanical truth or accuracy.”

Read the full bio of artist Elizabeth Blackadder here.

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Art Specs

  • Artist Name: Elizabeth Blackadder
  • Year: 1993
  • Height: 63.3cms
  • Width: 50.7cms
  • Art category: Print
  • Art medium: Etching
  • Framed
  • Original print 
  • 'Artist Proof' singed by the artist in pencil

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