Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles (1781–1826) is best known today as the founder of Singapore, though he was also a passionate scholar of all aspects of the Malay world who amassed a superb collection of drawings and manuscripts during his nearly twenty years in Southeast Asia in the service of the East India Company.
Raffles’ Ark Redrawn is a lushly illustrated catalog of the 120 natural history drawings that comprise the Raffles Family Collection, acquired by the British Library in 2007. The story of these colorful drawings of plants, birds, and mammals is a dramatic one: Chinese and French artists from the island of Sumatra composed the bulk of them during one ten-week period in 1824, in order to replace over 2,000 similar drawings, priceless Malay manuscripts, animal specimens, and living animals (including a tiger specially tamed for the voyage!) that perished in a shipboard fire. Accompanied by 130 full-color illustrations, this volume captures an array of historical flora and fauna superbly reproduced for lover of exotic plants and gardens.
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Henry Noltie is a taxonomist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. He has written two volumes of the Flora of Bhutan and several books on botanical drawings made by Indian artists for the East India Company.
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Descrizione libro British Library, 2012. Condizione libro: New. During Thomas Stamford Raffles's time as a colonial administrator in Southeast Asia, he assembled several thousand drawings of the local flora and fauna, Malay manuscripts and even live animals to take to Britain. The collection was tragically lost in transit in 1824 and Raffles immediately commissioned artists to set about replacing the illustrations. These new drawings are at the heart of the collection that was acquired by the British Library in 2007 and is explored in this beautifully illustrated book. Codice libro della libreria 219823
Descrizione libro British Library, 2009. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0712350845
Descrizione libro 2009. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Very well illustrated, large horizontal 8vo, pp 180, paperback, a very good new copy. [This beautiful volume with over 100 stunning natural history drawings of plants, birds and animals was originally commissioned by the pioneering natural scientist Sir Stamford Raffles. The intricate illustrations form what remained from Raffles' time in Sumatra, after his original collection burnt along with his ship just offshore in 1824. The majority of this remarkable collection, therefore, represents the work of just ten weeks, and offered an insight into unexplored flora and fauna for contemporary Western eyes. Recently purchased by the British Library as part of the Raffles Family Collection, the drawings are virtually unstudied and this title brings them to a new audience in their original brilliance. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has long term connections with Indonesian and Malaysian botany, having undertaken work on the flora of the region, including current research on the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). This title is a celebration of the beauty and diversity of the region with the remarkable detail captured in stunning full-page colour. It details the works as well as offering background information on Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, his life and work, and also the wider collections and the artists he employed. A wonderful book for botanists, naturalists, historians and art-lovers alike.]. Codice libro della libreria 009774