Christopher Dresser, 'Botanical lecture diagram'

Christopher Dresser, 'Botanical lecture diagram'

Christopher Dresser (1834-1904)
Botanical lecture diagram
About 1855
Pen and watercolour
Museum no. 3981

This diagram shows how Dresser reduced botanical drawings to their core structural elements. He hunted within these basic arrangements of stems, leaves and flowers to discover new models for design. This scientific deconstruction of form and structure was similar in spirit to Owen Jones's methodical study of Islamic decoration at the Alhambra.