Ref NoMS/411
TitleWatercolour paintings of flowering plants - J.R.G. Gwatkin
AdminHistoryJoshua Reynolds Gascoigne Gwatkin (1855-1939) was born on the 24 March 1855 at Millbrook, Hampshire, to John Reynolds (gentleman) and Emma Amelia Salmon (daughter of Lieutenant-General William Broome Salmon). He was descended from the artist, Sir Joshua Reynolds. He studied at Cambridge University and was admitted at the Inner Temple in November 1877. He lived at the Manor House, Potterne, Devizes, Wiltshire. He was a Justice of the Peace for Wiltshire and also a Major in the Royal Wiltshire Imperial Yeomanry. He married Arundel Augusta Penruddocke, daughter of John Hungerford Penruddocke and Elizabeth Heathcote Ludlow-Bruges, on 2 August 1882 at Holy Cross Parish Church, Seend, Wiltshire, England and they had 2 children: Robert Torrington Gwatkin (b. 1885, d. 23 Apr 1917) and Arundel Theophilia Gwatkin (b. 2 Dec 1886, d. 1971). He died on 12 September 1939.

Gwatkin was a keen botanist and compiled lists of flowers he had seen including 'List of Flowers near Potterne' (1921-26) and 'List of Wiltshire Plants' (1929) which were used by D. Grose in the writing of his publication, 'The Flora of Wiltshire' (1957).
DescriptionA collection of 965 watercolour paintings of flowering plants contained in 21 albums. The plants are mostly British and many of the images have location details and dates.
Extent21 bound volumes
Related MaterialMS/15
NotesSee MS/15 which is a notebook by Gwatkin, thought to accompany this collection of paintings.
AcquisitionThe albums were presented to the Linnean Society by the late J.R.G. Gwatkin under his will in March 1940. The albums were bequeathed to the Linnean Society as a result of the friendship between the artist and Dr Marsden Jones, a Fellow of the Society.
Creator NameGwatkin, J.R.G.
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