these essays arise from a conference, “Curiously Drawn,” held at the Royal Society on June 21–22, 2012. The meeting was part of the activities of a research network, “Origins of Science as a Visual Pursuit,” that sought to bring together historians of science and historians of art to examine the historical role of images in the early Royal Society (see picturingscience.wordpress.com). This project, including the publication of this volume, was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom. We are grateful to the speakers and participants for their enthusiasm, and in particular to Professor Michael Hunter for acting as commentator-at-large to bring together the various themes that emerged from the meeting.
We would like to record our special thanks to Keith Moore, Joanna McManus, Rupert Baker, and Joanna Corden at the Royal Society for their generous help, and to Susannah Gibson, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, for assisting with the activities of the network. We are grateful for the patience, support, and enthusiasm of Susan Green, the Director of the Huntington Library Press, in seeing through the publication of this volume. [End Page vii]
felicity henderson is Lecturer in Archives and Material Culture at Exeter University. Her research focuses on the early history of the Royal Society, and she is currently preparing a scholarly edition of Robert Hooke’s diary for Oxford University Press.
sachiko kusukawa is Fellow in the History and Philosophy of Science, Trinity College, Cambridge. The author of Picturing the Book of Nature: Image, Text, and Argument in Sixteenth-Century Human Anatomy and Medical Botany (2012), she is now working on the graphic practices of the early Royal Society, for which she has been awarded a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, U.K.
alexander marr is University Lecturer in the History of Art, 1400–1700, at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity Hall. He specializes in early modern art and architecture, particularly their intellectual and scientific aspects. He is the Director of the research project “Genius before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art & Science,” funded by the European Research Council.