Collaboration of taxonomists and draughtsmen
Flora Malesiana Bulletin , Volume 30 - Issue 1 p. 2846- 2853
The preparation of botanical drawings is a craft in its own right, and furthermore, draughtsmen are human beings. Even these simple truths are trodden down by the taxonomist who during a final hour hands the draughtsman a bundle of specimens and some hasty indications. Naturally the result is anguish and confusion. Let us therefore add some observations to improve the situation. First: a botanical artist looks at plants with a different eye from the taxonomist – that’s why he is an artist and not a scientist. Fortunately, some overlap exists, where the two can meet.
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Jacobs, M. (1977). Collaboration of taxonomists and draughtsmen. Flora Malesiana Bulletin, 30(1), 2846–2853.