Tuesday, 8 October 2013

William Swainson

Commemorated in Google today as it was his birthday. Fantastic wildlife illustrator. Found this great quote about him...

The botanist Sir William Jackson Hooker, wrote of this as: "In my life I think I never read such a series of trash and nonsense. There is a man who left this country with the character of a first rate naturalist (though with many eccentricities) and of a very first-rate Natural History artist and he goes to Australia and takes up the subject of Botany, of which he is as ignorant as a goose."

I like the last part especially. Feels familiar.

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