The Gilded Canopy
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High above the galleries of the Natural History Museum in London is a series of ceiling panels illustrated with plants from every corner of the globe. Richly coloured and gilded, they speak of a pioneering era of botany and horticulture. This compact, lavishly illustrated book describes the story of their creation, the inspiration behind them and the plants depicted, and provides a panel-by-panel guide to this glorious expression of Victorian art and science.