Plants have been used in the beauty and fragrance industry for thousands of years, from ancient times up until the present day.
The exhibition features watercolours from the our exceptional botanical collection. Works include those by Nicolas Robert (1614–85), Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708–70), Joseph von Plenck (1735–1807), Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759–1840) and Henriette Knip (1783–1842). They are displayed alongside a range of perfume vessels from ancient Egypt and Greece, as well as scent bottles from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Curator – Henrietta Ward, Assistant Keeper (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)