Arthur Harry Church The Anatomy of Flowers
Author: David Mabberley
Publisher/Date: Merrell Pub Ltd (2000)
Format/Condition: Hardcover book with dust jacket in Near Fine condition: light edgewear to dust jacket at bottom of spine. Dust jacket in a new protective sleeve (photo taken without the clear sleeve). Binding good; pages clean and unmarked. 128 pages. Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 11.8 inches. Profusely illustrated in color and black-and-white. A beautiful, crisp and bright copy.
Description: The revolutionary drawings of Arthur Harry Church (1865-1937) are considered some of the finest botanical illustrations of the twentieth century. His mastery of microtechnique lends a startling clarity and razor-sharp edge to the many cross-sections and diagrams of flowers that he produced to accompany his elegant studies. Immured in the Botanical Gardens at Oxford, he was, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the most knowledgeable yet least travelled botanist in Britain.
An academic recluse, Church considered flowers to be machines for ensuring successful sexual reproduction in plants. His clinical attitude belies the freshness and boldness of his spectacular illustrations of their internal structures. His technique and style were in advance of his time, while the brilliant eroticism and apparent modernity of his art bear comparison with the work of Georgia O'Keefe.
Contents includes, Introduction, Devon and Wales, Oxford, Types of floral mechanism, Thalassiophyta, The Botany of the Garden in Eden, Pretty dickey. Notes to the plates and figures.