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Anonymus. Palm House Conservatory - Botanical Garden in Belfast.

Palm House Conservatory Belfast – Anonymus.

Palm House Conservatory – Botanical Garden in Belfast.

Original 19th century Gouache painting with title in ink mounted separately. Belfast, c. 1880. Beautifully framed. The frame with the Gouache measures: 36 cm x 38.5 cm. The Gouache itself measures: 15 cm high x 19 cm wide. Excellent condition of this beautiful original artwork showing the spectacular 19th century Palm House with surroundings.

The gardens opened in 1828 as the private Royal Belfast Botanical Gardens. It continued as a private park for many years, only opening to members of the public on Sundays prior to 1895. Then it became a public park in 1895 when the Belfast Corporation bought the gardens from the Belfast Botanical and Horticultural Society. The Belfast Corporation was the predecessor of Belfast City Council, the present owner.

The gardens’ most notable feature is the Palm House conservatory. The foundation stone was laid by the Marquess of Donegall in 1839 and work was completed in 1840. It is one of the earliest examples of a curvilinear cast iron glasshouses in the world. Designed by Charles Lanyon and built by Richard Turner, Belfast’s Palm House predates the glasshouses at Kew and the Irish National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin. Turner went on to build both of these glasshouses. The Palm House consists of two wings, the cool wing and the tropical wing which contains the dome. Lanyon altered his original plans to increase the height of the dome, allowing for much taller plants. In the past these have included an 11 metre tall Globe Spear Lily. The lily, which is native to Australia, finally bloomed in March 2005 after a 23 year wait. The Palm House also features a 400 year old Xanthorrhoea .

Gouache, also spelled guache, is a type of paint consisting of pigment, a binding agent (usually gum arabic), and sometimes added inert material, designed to be used in an opaque method. It also refers to paintings that use this opaque method. The name derives from the Italian guazzo. Gouache differs from watercolor in that the particles are larger, the ratio of pigment to water is much higher, and an additional, inert, white pigment such as chalk is also present. This makes gouache heavier and more opaque, with greater reflective qualities. (Wikipedia).

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Palm House Conservatory - Botanical Garden in Belfast.
Anonymus. Palm House Conservatory - Botanical Garden in Belfast.
Anonymus. Palm House Conservatory - Botanical Garden in Belfast.