Lady Tait’s art coming to Kirstenbosch

llustrations by Lady Cynthia Tait in the book, Tait Florilegium.

The Kirstenbosch Branch of the Botanical Society will host an exhibition of the watercolour paintings of Lady Cynthia Tait (1894-1962) from January 16 to March 15 in the Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Lady Tait was a botanical illustrator with a passion for South African flowers.

Her paintings were inherited by granddaughter, Cynthia Cormack, who granted permission for them to be exhibited at one of her grandmother’s favourite places, Kirstenbosch. Sixty-six of Lady Tait’s paintings will be on loan for the exhibition, which will be curated by Mary van Blommestein of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Irma Stern Museum.

The exhibition will also include botanical art by the Western Cape branch of the Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa (BAASA), a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting public awareness of botanical art in Southern Africa.

Copies of Tait Florilegium, which contains full sized reproductions of the watercolours of selected South African wild flowers by Lady Tait, will be on sale at the exhibition, along with notecards.

For information about the exhibition, contact Catherine Gribble on 021 671 5468 or email