[Taxacom] Botanical posters as educational tools in the 19th century

Gerwin Kasperek sls2411 at ub.uni-frankfurt.de
Wed Aug 10 07:21:19 CDT 2011

You will find some records of German language literature (as well as a  
link to a Dutch Web site about large colour representations of plants  
used to illustrate lectures), in the Virtual Library of Biology  


The most relevant search term in German will be Wandtafel*, as used in  
the example above.

Gerwin Kasperek

Gerwin Kasperek
University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg
60325 Frankfurt am Main
- Germany -

Quoting Mark Nesbitt <M.Nesbitt at kew.org>:

> One of our PhD students, Caroline Cornish, is researching the large  
> botanical illustrations that used to hang in the old Kew Museums.  
> There's a blog post at:
> http://www.kew.org/news/kew-blogs/economic-botany/mysterious-hanging-diagrams.htm
> and high-resolution images of the museum interior, showing the posters, at:
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/kewonflickr/sets/72157627361941734/
> Some of these might be original works of art, but I suspect some  
> were prints produced for educational use.
> We can't find any examples of 19th century (1850-1900) botanical  
> posters in collections at Kew or elsewhere, nor any literature on  
> their use in education.
> Does anyone recognise any of the posters, or know of any useful  
> literature? It's possible that some prints came from central Europe  
> and might be familiar to botanists there.
> Mark
> m.nesbitt at kew.org
> Dr Mark Nesbitt FLS
> Curator, Economic Botany Collection
> Please note change of postal address:
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