312 pages, 200 col plates
Ocean Flowers explores a little-known moment of exhilarating artistic experimentation. The book focuses on natural-history imagery in the mid-nineteenth century, with particular emphasis on botanical drawings and photograms by the artist Anna Atkins (1799-1871) and her Victorian contemporaries.
This book is an extraordinarily beautiful compendium of natural history illustration, matched by searching ideas about what is going into and is being projected by these images. -- Maggie McDonald New Scientist This book, with thoughtful essays and historical analyses, is more than an exhibition catalogue. A most unusual and lovely book. Northeastern Naturalist
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