Friday, December 30, 2011
Arthur Herbert Church: Narcissus
Arthur Herbert Church's illustration shows the Narcissus x incomparabilis, colloquially known as the nonesuch daffodil. A poem about this narcissus
A few facts about Arthur Herbert Church (1834-1915)
1. He trained both as an artist and chemist.
2. His work was included in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1854.
3. After obtaining a first-class honours BA degree in the Natural Science School at Oxford in 1859, he established a private laboratory and consulting business in London.
4. He was Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester from 1863 to 1879. While in Cirencester, he also served as Honorary Curator of the Cirencester Museum of Roman Antiquities.
5. In 1879 he became the first professor of chemistry at the Royal Academy of Arts. His research resulted in the 1890 publication, The chemistry of paints and painting. Church's expertise led to his being called on to oversee conservation of delicate frescoes in the Palace of Westminster.