Plant Portraits:

The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien

This exhibition has completed its tour of the U.S.

Winner of the 2004 Western Museums Association
Excellence in Exhibition Award

In December 2003 the San Diego Natural History Museum, in collaboration with the Irvine Museum, premiered its new exhibition, Plant Portraits: The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien.

One of the  beautiful Valentien silk scarves availabel in our Museum storeThis exhibition displayed 80 stunning watercolor paintings of California plants painted in the early 1900s by Albert R. Valentien.

Beautiful products based on images from the collection are available in our Museum Store.


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~ The Museum is grateful to Eleanor and Jerome Navarra for generously underwriting the conservation, documentation, and exhibition of the Valentien collection. ~

Matilija Poppy

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~ Photography by Philipp Rittermann ~