Ref NoMS/134
TitleWatercolour drawings of plants for J.E. Smith - James Sowerby
AdminHistoryJames Sowerby (1757 - 1822) was an English naturalist and illustrator.

Sowerby was born on 21 March 1757 in Lambeth, London, to Arabella and John. Having decided to become a painter, he began working with William Curtis, and illustrated his 'Flora Londinensis'. Sowerby then studied art at the Royal Academy and took an apprenticeship with Richard Wright. He married Anne Brettingham De Carle and they were to have three sons: James De Carle Sowerby (1787–1871), George Brettingham Sowerby I (1788–1854) and Charles Edward Sowerby (1795–1842), the Sowerby family of naturalists. His sons and theirs were to contribute and continue the enormous volumes he was to begin and the Sowerby name was to remain associated with illustration of natural history. Sowerby worked on a number of large scale publications including a 36 volume work, started in 1790, on the botany of England that was published over the next 24 years. It contained 2592 hand-colored engravings, with descriptions supplied by Sir James Edward Smith, and was entitled 'English Botany'. Sowerby also developed a theory of colour and worked on publications relating to minerology and zoology. Sowerby died on 25 October 1822.
DescriptionBound volume containing 15 pencil and water-colour drawings of plants and notes as well as 7 proof engravings after the drawings by James Sowerby for J.E. Smith.

Includes a letter from Sowerby, dated 12 December 1810, to Smith stating that he is sending the [drawings of the] plants which Smith desires and refers to Smith's publication 'Icones ineditae' ['Plantarum icones hactenus ineditae, plerumque ad plantas in herbario Linnaeo conservatas delineatae']. Also includes a loosely inserted folder with 2 pencil drawings of plants "by Sir James E.Smith"

At the reverse of the volume are 3 botanical plates and 8 chromo-lithos of New Zealand plants.
Date1810
LevelFile
Extent1 bound volume
Related MaterialGB-110/JES/MS134 and GB-110/JES/MS134/1
NotesN.B. The letter from Sowerby to Sir James Edward Smith has also been catalogued as part of the Smith correspondence cataloguing project. For further details see GB-110/JES/MS134.
Creator NameSowerby, James
Access_StatusOpen
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