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Claire Dalby V.P.R.W.S., R.E., S.W.E. (Born 1944)

Polesden Lacey in March 1988”

Original Wood Engraving

Signed, titled and numbered 84/250

Block size 2 ¾” x 4 3/8” (70mm x 111mm)

Published by the Society of Wood Engravers at the invitation of the

National Trust’s Foundation for Art 1989 to commemorate

The Great Storm of 1987 and its aftermath                                                          IMAGE                 IMAGE



Claire Dalby was born in St Andrews, Scotland, the daughter of the watercolour artist Charles Longbotham.  She attended the Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls in London and studied art at the City and Guilds of London Art School where she specialised in engraving and calligraphy.  In 1966 she had her first picture exhibited at the Royal Academy in London and later exhibited at the Clarges Gallery.  She had a number of solo shows including at Camberley in Surrey, Halifax House in Oxford and at the Consort Gallery of Imperial College.  She also had a solo show at Shetland Museum in Lerwick in 1988.  Group exhibitions include the Society of Wood Engravers, the Royal Watercoour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers.  She has provided botanical illustrations for a number of books and created two wallcharts, illustrating over 500 different species of lichens for the Natural History Museum.  “Claire Dalby’s Picture Book”,  a collection of her botanical illustrations,  was published in 1989 and in 1994 she was awarded the Linnean Society’s Jill Smythies Award for outstanding botanical illustrations.  In 1995 she was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Horticultural Society.  Works by Claire Dalby are in the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.  The Royal Collection, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the National Library of Wales , the Hunt Institute and the Australian Biological Resources Study Centre in Canberra also hold examples of her work.