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James Sowerby: The Enlightenment's Natual Historian

Art / PhotobookBiography / Memoir

By: Paul Henderson(Author)

331 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Hardback | Oct 2015 | #226017 | ISBN-13: 9781842465967
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James Sowerby (1757-1822) was an outstanding artist and natural historian, renowned for his discoveries and prodigious output of beautiful, scientific books of plants, fungi, animals, fossils and minerals, all at a key historical time; the age of Enlightenment in Great Britain. Beautifully illustrated with artwork and letter and manuscript extracts, this first full biography of Sowerby is a fascinating artistic and historical account, which extends beyond that of one key player.

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Paul Henderson is a geologist whose early career was in the Universities of Glasgow and London, then in the Natural History Museum as Head of Mineralogy and Director of Science until 2003. He received the Honour of CBE in 2003 and is author of books on the earth sciences. He is Honorary Professor at University College London where he currently researches the history of science.

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