Kew Gardens: Art for London Transport Coloring Book
Cultivated on land long owned by British sovereigns, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, have drawn lovers of flowers, trees, fungi, and ferns since 1840. In addition to its incomparable collection of over thirty thousand plant species from around the world, Kew is home to a number of splendid buildings, some of which turn up in the posters assembled for this colouring book. There is the Temple of the Sun of 1761 (picture 19), the Great Pagoda of 1762 (pictures 6 and 16), the Temple of Aeolus of the same period (picture 4), and the Palm House of 1848 (pictures 7 and 16). Winged creatures are frequent visitors to Kew, and they too make appearances.
Dozens of artists hired by London’s transit agencies created posters in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s to lure travelers to Kew Gardens. Twenty-one of those designs are shown as small colour pictures opposite and on the inside of the back cover. They have been transformed into line drawings for you to paint, pen, crayon, or pencil as you see fit—whether following the original posters or making something quite different. The last two pages of the book have been left blank so that you can create your own drawings. Have you a favourite garden of your own to draw?