The Department of Heritage Telangana has been at the forefront of organizing prestigious and unique events. The Department will be hosting the exhibition ‘Forests and Gardens of South India: The Cleghorn Collection of Botanical Drawings’, curated and presented by Henry Noltie,

The 54 extraordinary prints reproduce a segment of the original 19th-century drawings from the Hugh Cleghorn Collection. Cleghorn was an East India Company botanist who served as the Conservator of Forests in the Madras Presidency in the mid-1800s.

The drawings were commissioned from several Indian Artists by Hugh Cleghorn (1820-1895), the first Conservator of Forests for the Madras Presidency. It is also the source for one of the largest groups of Botanical drawings in the collection of RBGE (Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh).

The exhibition also includes Botanical Art Workshops that will be organized from March 11th to 15th. An Evening of Botanical Art presentation will be held on March 15th, 6:30 PM by artists Neera Joshi Pradhan, Meena Subramaniam and Nirupa Rao.

The exhibition is supported by RBGE (Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh), Dakshina Chitra Museum and Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad (GZH). It is a one-of-its-kind exhibition of rare Botanical drawings, which provides valuable insights, for aspirants of art and experienced artists.

Dr. Sita Reddy, a Hyderabad-based curator and editor of the Marg magazine on Botanical Art had helped in bringing the exhibition to the city and installing the paintings by the artist. Other paintings exhibited include 25 paintings by an anonymous Marathi artist, 10 paintings by Murugesan Mudaliar and others from the Madras College of art and 19 paintings by Govindoo, a Telugu artist who worked in Tanjore.

About the Curator

Henry Noltie is a Research Associate of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), where he served as a taxonomist and curator for more than 30 years, from 1986 to 2017. His taxonomic studies, especially on the monocots of the Himalayan region, led to an interest in the history of the Garden’s extensive and rich Indian collections. He has written widely about the botanical drawings created by Indian artists for Scottish medics. In-depth monographs on East India Company botanists like Robert Wight, Hugh Cleghorn, and Alexander Gibson are some of his well-known works on Indian botanical art.

Event Schedule

March, 6th-31th : Exhibition

March, 11th-15th : Botanical Art Workshops

March 15th, 6:30pm : An Event of Botanical Art Presentations by
Neera Joshi Pradhan, Meena Subramaniam, Nirupa Rao


Bhagawan Mahaveer Auditorium,
Telangana State Museum,
Public Garden, Nampally,
Telangana – 500004

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