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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Second Day of Arts and Archives: Oxford

Visiting Oxford during one day only is a challenge. We started from the Western Art Print Room at Ashmolean Museum and got an excellent special viewing of selected Michelangelo (biggest collection outside Italy), Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Duerer works mainly but also plates by some unknown botanical artists. In the Conservation department we were familiarized with different techniques from X-ray guns, and condition reports to textile restorations. In the Natural History Museum we had the privilege to page through Jones' Icones, a six volume collection of original paintings and descriptions representing over 760 Lepidoptera species from around the world. This was completed in the late 18th century by an amateur entomologist William Jones of Chelsey.
Finally we enjoyed a very interesting presentation and viewing of the collections of the Plant Taxonomy Department’s Sherardian Library. We could see a selection of the 966 original watercolor original plates for the Flora Graeca painted by Ferdinand Bauer, also his sketches. In addition to that we could see Dampier’s Journal, the first documentation of Australian plants from 1699 (published 1703) and other exceptional rarities. 
You can see a few pictures from our day by clicking here.

An unknown botanical artist with an unknown date, likely from the early 19th century

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