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"No other sign or note than the very order" : Francis Willughby, John Ray and the importance of collecting pictures.

Grindle, N; (2005) "No other sign or note than the very order" : Francis Willughby, John Ray and the importance of collecting pictures.

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Abstract

Describes the collection (Nottingham University Library, MS Mi LM 24) of paintings, drawings, and prints of birds and fishes amassed by two founder-members of the Royal Society and used as a source of illustrations for their publications Ornithologiae libri tres (1676) and De historia piscium libri quartuor (1686). Examines the motivations behind the collection, its arrangement, function, and use, and what this suggests about how natural historians valued pictures and their epistemological significance, especially as signifiers of the structural coherence of nature.

Type: Article
Title: "No other sign or note than the very order" : Francis Willughby, John Ray and the importance of collecting pictures.
Keywords: Willughby, Francis, 1635-1672 --Ray, John, 1627-1705-- University of Nottingham, Hallward Library--Nottingham (GBR), Painting, Peinture, Drawing, Dessin, Prints, Estampe, Birds, Oiseau, Fish, Poisson, Collections, Collectors, Collectionneurs, Function, Fonction, Use, Emploi, Natural history, Histoire naturelle, Meaning, Signification, Imagery, Image, Epistemology, Epistémologie, Nature, Composition, Chronology -- 1600-1700, Ornithologiae libri tres, Ornithologiae libri tres, De historia piscium libri quatuor, De historia piscium libri quatuor, MS Mi LM 24, MS Mi LM 24, General history of art -- 1400-1800 -- Pictorial arts -- United Kingdom, Histoire générale de l'art -- 1400-1800 -- Peinture et arts graphiques -- Royaume-Uni, Great Britain, Grande-Bretagne
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP Education
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1465171
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