Working independently, 1900–5
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The Henry Dresser family moved to London in 1900, to 28 Queensborough Terrace near Hyde Park. In that time, Dresser's health was poor, with bouts of rheumatism and stomach problems. Apart from periods of ill-health, Dresser worked full time in the City; his work took him to the Admiralty at least once a week and he associated with some of the most prominent Admiralty officials. Dresser continued to work on his Manual of Palaearctic Birds, covering the same area as the Birds of Europe, as well as Asia south to Afghanistan, the Himalayas, Tibet, China, Korea and Japan. A reviewer in the Ibis, almost certainly Philip Sclater, compared Ernst Hartert's work directly to Dresser's Manual, which they admired for its 'steadfast adherence to the old-fashioned binomial system of nomenclature'. The reviewer attacked Ernst Hartert's three-part 'monstrosities', for example Pica pica pica, as 'almost ridiculous'.

Henry Dresser and Victorian ornithology

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