One of the most valued attributes of a scientific illustration in the eighteenth-century was colour, which at that time was painstakingly applied by hand.Listen to this episode to hear Georgia discuss the illustrations in two remarkable books - one about plants and one about insects - then head to Kura Heritage Collections Online to browse all the images.
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Philip Miller. Figures of beautiful, useful, and uncommon plants, 1809. Click to see in detail on Kura Heritage Collections Online.
Moses Harris. An exposition of English insects, 1782. Click to see in detail on Kura Heritage Collections Online.
Hand colouring reading list
A collection of roses from nature, 1796-1799
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