A history of taxidermy art science and bad taste
A History of Taxidermy: Art, Science and Bad Taste by Patrick A. Morris
‘It’s our entire relationship with animals’: Angela Singer on her art and taxidermy
A HISTORY OF TAXIDERMY: ART, SCIENCE AND BAD TASTE. By Pat Morris.
British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters. Conservation Land Management CLM is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters. Exceptional customer service Get specialist help and advice. Taxidermy is a part of both our social and natural history. This book provides a review of the development, over years, of mammal and bird taxidermy, including elephants and even humans, and considers the attempts to locate the oldest existing stuffed animals.
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Few arts or crafts — and the appropriate location of taxidermy within one camp or the other is a question that surfaces periodically in Morris's many-faceted review — can have a history so querrulously contested as that of the preparator of animals. Cursed by patrons whose aspirations for specimens both life-like and impervious to decay were frequently disappointed at a time when preservation techniques remained primitive; reviled by conservationists who laid responsibility for the decline of a range of wildlife at the door of the taxidermist rather than on sportsmen or trappers, or on ecological pressures — all of which proved infinitely more destructive ; and ultimately betrayed by more recent museum curators who have chosen in droves to dismantle their carefully contrived assemblages in favour of newly fashionable minimalist displays or to sacrifice them wholesale on the altar Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.
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