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Andrews, Henry Charles (fl. 1794–1830), botanical artist and engraver, is an elusive figure; little is known of his family background or education. He presumably received some artistic training before the mid-1790s, for his earliest engravings of plants are dated 1794; he may have been the ...

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Bauer, Ferdinand Lukas (1760–1826), botanical artist, was born on 20 January 1760 at Feldsberg, Austria, the son of Lukas Bauer or Baur (1706/7–1762), court painter to the prince of Liechtenstein, and his wife, Theresia, née Hirsch. Three sons—Joseph (1756–1831), Franz Andreas Bauer (1758–1840)...

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Franz Andreas Bauer (1758–1840) by William Brockedon, 1834 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bauer, Franz Andreas (1758–1840), microscopist and botanical artist, was born on 4 October 1758 in Feldsberg, Austria (now Valtice, Czech Republic). He was the second of the four sons of Lukas Bauer or Baur (1706/7–1762), a religious and court painter to the ...

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Blackwell [née Blachrie], Elizabeth (bap. 1707, d. 1758), botanical author and artist, was baptized on 22 June 1707 at St Nicholas, Aberdeen, the sixth daughter of a prosperous stocking merchant, William Blachrie (b. c.1669) and his wife, Isobel Fordyce. Elizabeth...

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Bogdani, Jacob (1658–1724), still-life and bird painter, was born on 6 May 1658 in Eperjes, upper Hungary, the son of Lucas Bogdani (fl. 1656–1684), painter, and his wife, Susanna. He was educated at the Fels?magyarországi Evangélikusok Kollégiuma, Eperjes, and probably became his father's pupil. By 1684 he was in ...

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Bury [née Falkner], Priscilla Susan (1799–1872), botanical artist, was born on 12 January 1799 in Rainhill, Lancashire, the daughter of Edward Dean Falkner (1750–1825), a wealthy Liverpool trader, who had been high sheriff of Lancashire in 1788, and his wife, Bridgett Tarleton (...

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Craig, Stella Ross- (1906–2006), botanical artist, was born on 19 March 1906 at 61 Gordon Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, one of the three children of John Ross Craig, pharmacist, and his wife, Christina Sinclair, née Lauder. Both her parents were Scottish. On her birth certificate her father signed himself ...

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Edwards, Sydenham Teast (bap. 1768, d. 1819), botanical artist, was baptized Sydenham Edwards on 5 August 1768 at Usk, the second son in the family of seven or more children of Lloyd Pittel Edwards, schoolmaster, and his wife, Mary Reece. The physician Richard Reece (1775–1831)...

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Ehret, George Dionysius (1708–1770), botanical artist, was born Georg Dionysius Ehret on 30 January 1708 at Heidelberg, Germany, the elder son of Ferdinand Christoph Ehret, gardener, and Anna Maria, both of Heidelberg. Ehret trained as a gardener, initially working on estates of German nobility, and painted flowers as a hobby, taught by his father, a good draughtsman. His first major sale of flower paintings came through ...

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Fitch, Walter Hood (1817–1892), botanical artist and lithographer, was born on 29 January 1817 in Lanark, Scotland, the second son of five children of John Fitch (1790–c.1850), cloth merchant, and his wife, Catherine Maria Hood (1786–1859), a milliner and dressmaker. After a year at ...

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Walter Hood Fitch (1817–1892) self-portrait, 1834 [detail] ? The Natural History Museum, London

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Hussey [née Reed], Anna Maria (1805–1853), mycologist and botanical illustrator, was born at Leckhampstead, Buckinghamshire, on 5 June 1805, the eldest of seven children of John Theodore Archibald Reed (1758/9–1830), curate and later rector of Leckhampstead, and his second wife, Anna Maria, ...

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Martin, William Keble (1877–1969), botanical artist, was born on 9 July 1877 at Radley, near Oxford, the sixth child in the family of five sons and four daughters of the Revd Charles Martin, warden of St Peter's College, Radley, and his wife, Dora...

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Mee [née Brown; other married name Bartlett], Margaret Ursula (1909–1988), political activist and botanical artist, was born on 22 May 1909 at The Crest, White Hill, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, one of three daughters of George John Henderson Brown (d. 1938), insurance clerk, and his wife, ...

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Nodder, Frederick Polydore (fl. 1773–1800), botanical artist and publisher, is said to have been of German extraction, but nothing certain is known of his birth or early life. He is first recorded, together with his wife, Elizabeth, on 5 September 1773, when his son ...

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Roupell [née Pigott], Arabella Elizabeth (1817–1914), botanist and botanical artist, was born in Newport, Shropshire, on 23 March 1817, the fourth of five daughters (there were also seven sons) of the Revd John Dryden Pigott, rector and squire of Edgmond, Shropshire, and his wife, ...

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Shackleton, Lydia (1828–1914), botanical artist, was born on 22 November 1828 at Grisemount, Ballitore, co. Kildare, Ireland, the third of the thirteen children of George Shackleton (1785–1871), a flour miller, and his wife, Hannah, née Fisher (1803–1873). The family were staunch Quakers. Lydia...

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Stackhouse, Emily (1811–1870), botanical artist, was born at Modbury vicarage, Devon, on 15 July 1811, the fifth of six children (five girls, one boy) of William Stackhouse (1772–1861), vicar of Modbury, and his wife, Sarah, née Smith (1774–1845). The Stackhouse daughters were educated at home (the only son died of cholera at ...

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Taylor, Simon (1742–1772/1796), botanical artist, was born in October 1742 and trained in the drawing-school of William Shipley in London. About 1760 he was engaged by Lord Bute to paint the rare plants in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. John Ellis wrote to ...