Natural History Drawings: The Complete William Farquhar Collection : Malay Peninsula, 1803-1818

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Editions Didier Millet, 2010 - Art - 335 pages
This book brings together for the first time all 477 pieces in Colonel William Farquhar's collection of natural history drawings, commissioned during his time as British Resident and Commandant of Malacca from 1803 to 1818. Covering a wide spectrum of flora and fauna, the evocative paintings were rendered in brilliant watercolour by Chinese artists who employed both Chinese and Western painting techniques. In an era when photography was non-existent, the only means of recording nature and wildlife was through painting. Accompanied by authoritative essays and detailed captions, Natural History Drawings: The Complete William Farquhar Collection is a valuable addition to the art or nature lover's library, and indispensable to those with an interest in the region. It showcases some fascinating wildlife still present in the region today and is also an important record of species that have been lost or are diminished in number.
 

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Nice drawings of natural history done at the beginning of the 19th century for William Farquhar. I used this book somewhat in conjunction with my reading of Wallace's Malay Archipelago, although the ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
7
First Resident and Commandant of Singapore
9
Note on the Captions
35
Plants
37
Birds
187
Mammals Reptiles and Invertebrates
249
Fishes
285
Framing Farquhars Natural History Drawings
316
Bibliography
328
Index
332
Back Cover
337
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