Ref NoMS/120b
TitlePhytology (drawings) - A. Ibbetson
AdminHistoryAgnes Ibbetson (1757–1823), was an English plant physiologist.

Ibbetson was born in London in 1757 to Andrew Thomson Esq., of Roehampton, a London merchant, and was educated at home. In 1783 she married a barrister, James Ibbetson, the son of the Rev. James Ibbetson. James Ibbetson died in 1790 leaving Agnes a widow. She later moved to Devon where she remained for the rest of her life. Ibbetson was a keen botanist and made extensive use of microscopes, plant dissection, and other technology to pursue her studies. She began publishing her plant physiology in her fifties and between 1809 and 1822 she contributed more than fifty papers to 'Nicholson's Journal' and 'the Philosophical Magazine' on the microscopic structure and physiology of plants. She died in 1823.
DescriptionAlbum of drawings produced by Agnes Ibbetson as plates (1-11) to accompany her manuscript entitled 'Phytology' [MS/120a]. Most of the drawings are in black and white but some are in colour (plate 8 amd plate 11) and there are 11 plates in total. Some drawings are labelled as follows:

- Plate 1: Root & piece of the stem of the Ash Tree
- Plate 2: Hairs of Plants magnified
- Plate 5: Leaves dissected
- Plate 9: First shoot of the beech with the screw & different buds
- Plate 11: Dissections of the different Corolla of flowers shewing [showing] their texture and division. No. 1 The Crown Imperial Lilly, No. 2 The Rose, No. 3 The Autumn Crocus. (Partly in colour).
Extent1 bound volume
Related MaterialMS/120a; GB-110/JES/MS120A and GB-110/JES/MS120A/1-4
Creator NameIbbetson, Agnes
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