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Botanical Arts & Artists: About Elizabeth Blackwell (1707-1758)

Between the years 1737 and 1739, Elizabeth Blackwell published A Curious Herbal: a series intended to help physicians and apothecaries identify plants and herbs that could be used for medicinal purposes. Blackwell not only illustrated all of the plants featured in A Curious Herbal, but she also engraved and hand-colored all of her illustrations. Blackwell was one of the first botanical artists to engrave her own work and one of the few women to become of a well-renowned botanical artist. The vibrant and precisely illustrated series, which was praised by medical practitioners, contained 500 illustrations in total. On this Botanical Arts & Artists page, visitors can learn more about Blackwell and her work. In addition, visitors will find links to digital editions of A Curious Herbal along with links to outside resources that provide more information about Blackwell.
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May 18th, 2018
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May 14th, 2018 at 3:23pm
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