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TitleBotanical notebooks - Frank Nicholls
AdminHistoryFrank Nicholls (1699-1778) was born of Cornish parentage in London in 1699. His father was a barrister. He was educated at Westminster School and went on to study at Exeter College, Oxford, in 1714. He obtained his M.D. degree in 1729 and whilst at Oxford lectured on minute anatomy. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1728. He worked as a physician and lectured at the Royal College of Physicians in 1734, 1736 and between 1748-1749. He delivered the Harveian Oration in 1739. Following the death of Sir Hans Sloane in 1753, Nicholls was appointed the physician to George II and examined him after his death.

Nicholls married Elizabeth, a daughter of Dr Richard Mead (FRS) and they had five children, although two did not survive childhood. His son, John, became a barrister and MP. Nicholls lived in Oxford in 1762 whilst his son was studying at the University. He moved to Epsom, Surrey and died there on 7 January 1778.
DescriptionTwo notebooks containing plant descriptions with small pen and ink drawings of many of the plants described on every page. Also contains numerous loose inserts (with the page number marking it's original location) and some plant specimens.
Date[1733-1762]
LevelFile
Extent2 bound volumes and loose inserts
LanguageEnglish
NotesThe notebooks were the focus of a major conservation project involving the Conservator, Janet Ashdown, and Camberwell College of Art. The items have been conserved and re-boxed. Details of the conservation work carried out are included in a report by Janet Ashdown, which is housed in the same box.
AcquisitionPresented to the Linnean Society in 1946 having been recovered from the ruins of a home which was bombed in 1941.
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