The Voyage of the Beagle: Darwin's Extraordinary Adventure in Fitzroy's Famous Survey Ship

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" ...The book brings together a wonderful mixture of old and new illustrations and information about the voyage from widely scattered sources creating a work that will fascinate old Beaglers and landlubbers alike. No Darwin bookshelf would be complete without this book". --John Van Wyhe, BBC History Magazine, March 2009

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James Taylor MA (Hons), FRSA (born 1963) is a published author, expert on maritime art, and former Curator of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Biography For James Taylor, a school trip in the 1970s to Captain James Cook's Birthplace Museum fired up a lifelong interest in maritime art and history. Taylor was educated at the Universities of St. Andrews and Manchester. Early in his career, Taylor spent time as an auctioneer with Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers, where he was Head of Victorian paintings. From 1989, he was Curator of paintings, drawings and prints, exhibition organiser and Corporate Membership Manager at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. He began to publish on marine art in the mid 1990s. Taylor has since written several books, including illustrated histories on maritime and yachting art, and, in 2009, The Voyage of the Beagle, charting the story of the ship made famous by Charles Darwin. In March 2009, John Van Wyhe, of BBC History Magazine, wrote that The Voyage of the Beagle 'brings together a wonderful mixture of old and new illustrations and information about the voyage from wildly scattered sources.' Recently he has produced a study on the popular English 20th century cartoonist and Punch magazine editor, Fougasse, who created the anti-rumour and gossip posters during World War II. Included amongst Taylor's professional achievements are several Sir James Caird Awards for writing, and the Sir Geoffrey Callender Award for outstanding achievement in supporting the public lecture programme and developing the corporate membership scheme of the National Maritime Museum. Since 1999, he has worked as a freelance writer and lecturer. In 2001, he was appointed an official lecturer for the National Association of Fine and Decorative Arts Societies (NADFAS). According to the Mere Literary Festival, Taylor 'lectures regularly to a wide range of societies, including NADFAS around the world.' Taylor is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Sussex on the artists who sailed with Matthew Flinders on the voyage of HMS Investigator (1801-3) - the first recorded circumnavigation of Australia.'

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