Two celebrations this month - International Women's Day and World Book Day
We are featuring a book or monograph by Emily Mary Bowdler Sharpe- A monograph of the genus Teracolus, the illustrations on this page are from her monograph.
She was the first woman to first author a paper in Proceedings of the Zoological Society
Emily Sharpe’s first authored paper is featured in the open access virtual issue of Journal of Zoology on women and zoology, it is titled Descriptions of New Butterflies collected by Mr. F. J. Jackson, F.Z.S., in British East Africa, during his recent Expedition.—Part I.
She was one of the 10 daughters of ZSL’s first Librarian, Richard Bowdler Sharpe who was instrumental in encouraging women to work in zoology. Emily Mary Bowdler Sharpe is also sometimes referred to as Emily Mary Sharpe. Her sisters worked as valued colourists in many of the illustrated natural history books of the nineteenth century. It was essential for the colouring to be correct, particularly for identification of bird species. The accuracy of their work was appreciated by the artists of the original drawings from which prints were made.
Journal of Zoology virtual issue on women and zoology, including the paper first authored by a woman in PZS, Descriptions of New Butterflies collected by Mr. F. J. Jackson, F.Z.S., in British East Africa, during his recent Expedition.—Part I. March 1891, Proceedings of the Zoological Society Vol. 59 Issue 2, pages 187 -194 .
As John Bielby states in his editorial for the Journal of Zoology Virtual issue
`Although the specimens were collected by a man, in the 19th Century it became increasingly common for women to describe the specimens, thereby doing the actual science.’
A monograph of the genus Teracolus / by Emily Mary Bowdler Sharpe, London : Reeve, 1898[-1902] (Monographiae entomologicae ; 1)
Richard Bowdler Sharpe and his ten daughters / by Christine E. Jackson in Archives of Natural History, 1994, Volume 21, Issue 3, Pages 261-269, ISSN 0260-9541
If you visit ZSL London Zoo, please take a look at the display in the East Tunnel about `The zoo at war 1914-1918’ as this includes a panel on `Women at work’. As many men were called up, there were more opportunities available to women. Also visit Butterfly Paradise to immerse yourself in beautiful butterflies!
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