Over past centuries, western women with both creative talent and a keen intellect have challenged many gendered barriers. One area in particular became a common route to enter a male-centric world. This was the field of botanical illustration. Why the discipline particularly offered females an opportunity in the arts and sciences is interesting to explore.

While the physic garden at Oxford University opened in 1621, establishing a study of plants for medicinal purposes, by 1840 it became known as the Oxford Botanic Garden. This was indicative of the general expansion of research in botany, ...


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