I've created a new page - About Arthur Harry Church - botanist and botanical illustrator (1865-1937) - in the Past Masters section of this website for the botanist and botanical illustrator Arthur Harry Church.
It will be of particular interest for those more interested in the scientific and botanical side of botanical illustration - or interested in the famous past masters of botanical illustration.
Church was a Lecturer in Botany who spent his entire working life at the University of Oxford. His particular interest was the anatomy and morphology of plants and flowers and he produced excellent illustrations of the anatomy of flowers.
He was the proverbial "past Master" when it came to dissection and preparing specimens for illustration and he developed very many illustrations to accompany his lectures.
He published towards the end of his life - however his insistence on the quality of publishing required for his illustrations meant that there was only limited publication of his illustrations in his lifetime.
The Natural History Museum now houses The Arthur Church Drawings Collection. This contains 773 original watercolour drawings for the book that never happened "The Hundred Best Flowers".
Those who have seen his drawings are almost always amazed at the profiles he produces and their descriptive power.
The new page includes links to where you can read his original books ONLINE - including his botanical memoirs and his Part 1 of Types of Floral Mechanism.
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