'Winter Aconite, Eranthis hyemalis'
Plate from 'Wild Flowers of Britain
Museum no. E.578.2-1994
© Roger Phillips
This photograph is one of a series Roger Phillips produced for the 1977 field guide Wild Flowers of Britain. Moving away from the established practice of arranging species by plant family, the photographer thought his field guide would be of more use to the amateur naturalist if the plates were organised according to flowering season.
Interestingly, though it might be imagined that photography would have rendered botanical drawing redundant, the camera lens cannot draw out important features in the same way that the artist's pencil can.
This print can be found in Print Room Box DP1.