Com­ing up roses

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TO­DAY, a flo­ral still-life once owned by the founder of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will go un­der the ham­mer at Bon­hams. One of the prom­i­nent hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ists of the 19th cen­tury, Sir Harry Veitch (1840–1924), third gen­er­a­tion of the leg­endary plant-hunt­ing fam­ily, played a ma­jor role in the for­ma­tion of the RHS and is cred­ited with se­cur­ing a per­ma­nent home for the Chelsea Flower Show in the grounds of the Royal Hos­pi­tal in 1912. He was the first hor­ti­cul­tur­ist to be knighted.

Roses (above) by Henri Fantin-la­tour (1836– 1904), ‘the 19th cen­tury French flower painter par ex­cel­lence’, was painted in 1889 and is one of the lead­ing works in the Lon­don auc­tion house’s 19th-cen­tury, Vic­to­rian and Bri­tish Im­pres­sion­ist art sale. It is es­ti­mated at £200,000– £300,000 (www. bon­hams.com).

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