1st Edition

Science and Visual Culture in Great Britain in the Long Nineteenth Century Zoology

Edited By Diana Donald Copyright 2024
    354 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume consists of a collection of primary sources throwing light on the various aspects of interplay between zoology and visual culture in nineteenth-century Britain. Scientific illustration, both in specialist studies and in works intended for a broader lay readership, are included. These sources throw light on the difficulties of both authors and illustrators in conceptualising their subjects in visual forms, given the great extension of knowledge of the natural world and the technical complexities of image-making in the pre-photographic era. The study examines the impact of zoological knowledge and theories on imaginative art, and explores the aestheticisation and appropriation of nature, especially in relation to bird imagery in painting, illustration and the decorative arts. Finally, the collection examines the presentation of zoology and palæozoology to the general public, for both education and entertainment purposes. This title will be of great interest to students of the History of Science and Art History.



    Professor Diana Donald, previously Head of the Department of History of Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University; now retired and an independent scholar.