Signed Original Stalky Dunsterville Orchid Artwork Painting Stanhopea wardii
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To share some of the joys of owning an original painting from the greatest orchidoligist of all time
This is a one of a kind original painting of the Stanhopea wardii orchid by Stalky Dunsterville done for a fellow orchidoligist, signed by Stalky on the front and again on the back with his wife Nora and a personal note to Toby Green.Dunsterville first became interested in orchids in the 1950s when he made oil paintings of the plants. He was encouraged by fellow enthusiast Leslie A. Garay, who identified some of the orchids in his paintings, to take up pen and ink drawing for more botanical precision. Dunsterville subsequently produced more than a thousand such drawings from live material, executed in remarkable detail. The pair collaborated even more closely after Garay was appointed curator of the Oakes Ames Orchid Herbarium at Harvard in 1957, and together they published the six volumes Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated between 1959 and 1976. Herbarium specimens that Dunsterville collected and sent to Garay for identification were added to the Ames Herbarium, while his personal collection of spirit-preserved flowers was donated to the American Orchid Society in 1985. Duplicates were also deposited in the Venezuelan National Herbarium. Illustrated with photographs taken by both him and his wife, Dunsterville published more than 250 articles in the American Orchid Society Bulletin and other orchid journals in Brazil, Germany and Venezuela. His World of Orchids (1962) was published in English, Spanish and German editions and Orchids of Venezuela (1987) in English and Spanish. Following his death, a series entitled "Orchidaeae Dunstervillorum" by German Carnevali and Gustavo A. Romero was published describing new orchid taxa based on material collected and illustrated by Dunsterville. Galfrid Dunsterville was honoured by the Venezuelan government in recognition of his efforts in the taxonomy and conservation of orchids and also received the Veitch Memorial Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society, London. The genus Dunstervillea Garay was named after him.
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