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Herbert James Draper, Odyssey, Homer, mermaids, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Sirens versus mermaids

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous creatures, portrayed as femmes fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets Virgil and Ovid located them on a

Herbert James Draper, Odyssey, Homer, mermaids, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Sirens versus mermaids

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous creatures, portrayed as femmes fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets Virgil and Ovid located them on a

Anne de Lenclos, courtesan, Joseph Banks, Ninon de l'Enclos, Tahiti, Oberea, Purea, Queen of Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The Coquette Avenged

Ninon de l’Enclos is a relatively obscure figure in the English-speaking world, but is much better known in France where her name is synonymous with wit and beauty. While this may be the case today, a generation after her death

Anne de Lenclos, courtesan, Joseph Banks, Ninon de l'Enclos, Tahiti, Oberea, Purea, Queen of Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The Coquette Avenged

Ninon de l’Enclos is a relatively obscure figure in the English-speaking world, but is much better known in France where her name is synonymous with wit and beauty. While this may be the case today, a generation after her death

The Prince of Nassau-Siegen, Tahiti, Bougainville, Venus, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

A prince in Tahiti

After almost a month on Tahiti, Captain Cook and his men were still unaware that since the first British voyage to the island two years earlier, other visitors had been. As relations between the foreigners and the natives began to

The Prince of Nassau-Siegen, Tahiti, Bougainville, Venus, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

A prince in Tahiti

After almost a month on Tahiti, Captain Cook and his men were still unaware that since the first British voyage to the island two years earlier, other visitors had been. As relations between the foreigners and the natives began to

Hibiscus, Tahiti, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, Natalie Waddell

The Queen of Tahiti

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is one of some 300 species within the Hibiscus genus, which in turn is part of the Malvaceae family of flowering plants. It is sometimes known as the Queen of Tahiti. It is one of many plant genera

Hibiscus, Tahiti, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, Natalie Waddell

The Queen of Tahiti

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is one of some 300 species within the Hibiscus genus, which in turn is part of the Malvaceae family of flowering plants. It is sometimes known as the Queen of Tahiti. It is one of many plant genera

botany, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus,

Expert botanists – an endangered species

International science journal Nature has published an article called Superstars of botany: Rare specimens, explaining how a handful of plant hunters has shaped the field over the past 200 years and warning that such experts are now in danger of

botany, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus,

Expert botanists – an endangered species

International science journal Nature has published an article called Superstars of botany: Rare specimens, explaining how a handful of plant hunters has shaped the field over the past 200 years and warning that such experts are now in danger of

Sydney Parkinson, Joseph Banks, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, Tahiti, transit of Venus,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Thespesia populnea, commonly known as the Portia Tree, is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The above watercolour was painted by the artist Sydney Parkinson while in Tahiti, during Captain Cook’s first voyage round the world.

Sydney Parkinson, Joseph Banks, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, Tahiti, transit of Venus,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Thespesia populnea, commonly known as the Portia Tree, is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The above watercolour was painted by the artist Sydney Parkinson while in Tahiti, during Captain Cook’s first voyage round the world.

Alexander Buchan, Sydney Parkinson, Endeavour, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, transit of Venus

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Three months prior to arriving at Tahiti, Captain Cook and the crew of the HMB Endeavour had struggled to make it round Cape Horn. After several aborted attempts, on 16 January 1769 the ship finally anchored on the Pacific coast

Alexander Buchan, Sydney Parkinson, Endeavour, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, transit of Venus

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Three months prior to arriving at Tahiti, Captain Cook and the crew of the HMB Endeavour had struggled to make it round Cape Horn. After several aborted attempts, on 16 January 1769 the ship finally anchored on the Pacific coast