Shirley Sherwood

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Shirley Sherwood
Born (1933-07-01)July 1, 1933[1]
St. Albans, England[1]
Occupation Author
Known for Interest in botanical illustration
Notable work See Bibliography
Spouse(s) James B. Sherwood
The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanic Art

Shirley Angela Sherwood OBE is a collector of,[2] and author of books about,[2][3] botanical illustrations. The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, opened on 19 April 2008, at Kew Gardens is named after her.[2] It is the first gallery in the world dedicated solely to botanical art. Sherwood has been described as a "driving force behind a revival of interest in botanical art".[4]

She is a Vice-President of the Nature in Art Trust.[5] Her husband is railway and shipping magnate James B. Sherwood,[6] who featured in the 2004 Sunday Times Rich List.[7]

Sherwood was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to botanical art.[8]


  • The Art of Plant Evolution, by Dr Shirley Sherwood and Dr W John Kress
  • Contemporary Botanical Artists: The Shirley Sherwood Collection
  • A New Flowering: 1000 Years of Botanical Art, by Shirley Sherwood, Stephen Harris & Barrie Edward Juniper
  • Treasures of Botanical Art: Icons from the Shirley Sherwood and Kew Collections, by Shirley Sherwood and Martyn Rix
  • A Passion For Plants: Contemporary Botanical Masterworks from the Shirley Sherwood Collection

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  1. ^ a b "Sherwood, Shirley 1933-". 2005. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art". Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  3. ^ See Bibliography
  4. ^ "Woman's Hour: Shirley Sherwood". BBC. 2002. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Nature in Art - Trust". Nature in Art Trust. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Dr Shirley Sherwood to Guest Curate Botanical ArtExhibition". Orient Express. 2005-01-18. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Sunday Times - Rich List". The Times (London). 
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 12. 31 December 2011.