Article ID: CBB001201296

Endangered: A Study of Morphological Drawing in Zoological Taxonomy (2014)


Anderson, Gemma (Author)

Volume: 47
Pages: 232--239

Morphological drawing has long been the backbone of biological taxonomy. Recently, however, this drawing practice has fallen, almost undetected, into critical decline. At the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London, a small group of zoologists practice morphological drawing with the aid of camera lucida devices. This article evolved out of a series of conversations and interviews with four of these zoologists and seeks to illuminate and illustrate the idiosyncratic and artful drawing processes of each, emphasizing the value they attach to morphological drawing. To gain deeper insight into the scientists' work, I also consider my experience of drawing with a camera lucida device. Reflection on this experience reveals the epistemological value of each individual's morphological drawing and forms an argument for the recognition of morphological drawing as an invaluable scientific and artistic practice.[from Article]

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Authors & Contributors
Bewick, Thomas
Stilwell, Jeffrey D.
Turner, Derek D.
Attenborough, David
Clayton, Martin
Owens, Susan
Archives of Natural History
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Journal of the History of Collections
University of Chicago Press
Royal Collection
Indiana University Press
National Library of Australia
Visual representation; visual communication
Scientific illustration
Natural history
Science and art
Linnaeus, Carolus
Leonardo da Vinci
Marshal, Alexander
Merian, Maria Sibylla
Catesby, Mark
Dal Pozzo, Cassiano
Great Britain
18th century
19th century
17th century
16th century
20th century
15th century
Københavns Universitet (Copenhagen)
Royal Society of London

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