Coming up roses
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).