A painted herbarium : the life and art of Emily Hitchcock by Terry, Emily Hitchcock; Smith, Beatrice S.; Terry, Emily

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The vasculum 41 Epilogue Emily Hitchcock Terry, ca. 1885. Having returned to New England after the death of her husband, Terry embarks upon a new life. , 3 Park Street, Boston, Massachusetts. ) and press of the plant collector replaced the pad and paintbrushes and paintbox of the artist; an herbarium of pressed specimens replaced the painted herbarium; science replaced art. For the next twenty-five years (1884-1909) Emily Terry was lady-in-charge at Hubbard House at Smith College. As administrative officer of the residence, she was responsible for its smooth functioning and for all matters that would ensure a satisfactory living experience for the young women housed there.

Habenaria leucophaea (Rein or Fringed Orchis) extends "north at least to Alexandria (Mrs. 17 Terry's collections defined the northern limits of several species. A tribute to her skill as a botanist is her identification of ten species of Aster (all from Douglas County), not a simple genus to work with in the large family of composites. Terry's collections are recorded for A network of railroads, already established in Minnesota in 1873 (heavy black lines), enabled Emily Terry to collect plants at many sites (solid circles), some as far as 200 miles from the state's main urban area.

Terry's log with its many attendant and interrelated thriving species is a sensitive portrayal of a biological microcosm, carefully executed and faithful in its details. " Apple flower buds, painted in the Pre-Raphaelite class at The Cooper Union, New York City. Signed "E. " Apple fruit, painted at the home of William Cullen Bryant in Cummington, Massachusetts, 1867. " Bethlehem, New Hampshire. H. " 34 changing, and evolving organisms. Foshay discusses in detail the impact of these new scientific ideas on the character of American botanical illustration.

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