One of the most outstanding, if not the most outstanding of contemporary botanical artists, is Miss Margaret Stones, an Australian, who has spent the greater part if artistic life working on various projects in England.
Receiving her basic artistic education at the Swinburne Technical College, and later at the National Gallery Art School in Melbourne, she rapidly achieved a reputation not only for the artistic composition of her work, but for the accurate interpretation of botanical detail which was late to win her fame as the senior artist for one of the world’s great botanical periodicals.
In arriving at this exalted position in the art word, she has studied at the Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium at Kew, England, the British Museum (Natural History), London, and the Herbarium of the Jardin de l’Etat in Brussels.
She has been recognised overseas by being appointed, in 1955, the botanical artist to Curtis’ Botanical Magazine, published by the Royal Horticultural Society of England, the world-circulating magazine devoted to the illustration of new plants. Her works are represented by at least six paintings in the Hunt Botanical Library opt the Carnegie Institute of technology in Pittsburgh, USA, by a number of paintings in the Houghton Library at Harvard University, and quite recently she has received a commission to paint six species of Viburnum of the Morton Arboretum Library in Illinois.
–– R. T. M. Pescott, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, “Forward”, Botanical Drawings in Colour by Margaret Stones, Joshua McClelland Print Room, 1970