Making the 'Flora Graeca' | University of Oxford

Making the 'Flora Graeca'

Speaker
Dr Stephen Harris, Druce Curator of Oxford University Herbaria
Event date
Event time
13:00 - 14:00
Venue
The Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BG
Venue details

The Weston Lecture theatre, access through Blackwell Hall, main entrance on Broad Street

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

Between 1806 and 1840, the 'Flora Graeca', one the world’s most expensive and magnificent natural history books was published. This was the culmination of botanical exploration in the eastern Mediterranean during the late 1780s by the Oxford Professor of Botany John Sibthorp and the Central European botanical artist Ferdinand Bauer. Following this journey, Bauer produced extraordinary watercolours of some of the plants and animals he saw.

This presentation will explore the journey Sibthorp and Bauer made through the Ottoman Empire, the complexities of the publication process and why it took nearly 54 years to complete this project.