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David Mabberley. Painting By Numbers: The Life and Art of Ferdinand Bauer


Freeman, C, David Mabberley. Painting By Numbers: The Life and Art of Ferdinand Bauer, Historical Records of Australian Science, 29, (2) pp. 201-202. ISSN 0727-3061 (2018) [Review Several Works]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/HR18903


Painting by Numbers is the epitome of a good book on the history of science illustration. It has superbly reproduced images and an eminently scholarly text, but one that is accessible and engaging, venturing into the present and giving its subject contemporary relevance. This success is perhaps not surprising. Its author, David Mabberley, is a plant specialist and science historian who has undertaken extensive field work in Africa, Asia and Australasia; worked at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew; was CEO of Greening Australia (NSW); is the former director of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and was awarded a prize for ‘successful efforts to popularize botany to non-scientists’.

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Item Type:Review Several Works
Keywords:David Mabberley, Painting By Numbers, Ferdinand Bauer
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Art history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Freeman, C (Dr Carol Freeman)
ID Code:131956
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-04-15
Last Modified:2019-04-15

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