Ref NoMS/623
TitleWatercolour drawings of plants and insects - Collected by William Carey
AdminHistoryWilliam Carey (1761-1834) was a Baptist missionary in India. A pastor before going to the mission field, he spent 41 years in India, and translated the Scriptures.

Carey was born in Paulerspury, Northamptonshire, in 1761, to a parish clerk in the Church of England. He apprenticed to shoemaker Clarke Nichols in 1775. He first attended a meeting of Dissenters in 1779 and moved to Moulton, Northamptonshire, in 1785 to be the pastor of the Baptist chapel, before moving to Leicester in 1789 where he pastored the Harvey Lane Baptist Church. In 1793 he was appointed along with John Thomas as a missionary to Bengal (India) and that same year he sailed from Dover with his family for India on the Danish ship, Kron Princessa Maria, arriving in Calcutta.. He moved to Serampore in 1799/1800 and was appointed the Professor of Sanskrit at Fort William College in 1801. He founded the Botanic Garden, Serampore. He was married three times: Dorothy Plackett (1781), Charlotte Rumohr (1808) and Grace Hughes (1823). He was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society in 1823. He died in Serampore on 9 June 1834.
DescriptionCollection of 35 water colour drawings of flowering plants and lepidopterous insects, and another 13 of insects and spiders. The drawings are thought to have been produced by Indian artists and collected by William Carey.

- Nerium odorum
- Aristolochia indica / Papilio hercules N.B. Note in pencil: [...] larva like that of Polydorus figd by Dr Horsfield.
- Asclepias
- Mimosa arabica
- Cassia tora
- Ipomea quamoclit
- Arum orixense
- Clerodendrum fragrans
- Stachytarpheta mutabilis N.B. Note in pencil: 1. Arum orixense 2. another species, perhaps only a sexual difference
- Vitis indica
- Arum colocasia
- Crotalaria retusa
- Aster
- Menispermum cordifolium N.B. Pencil inscriptions: 1. . 2 [illeg]. Optederes [...] Sos... Tal end 3 2/ 16 + Bengali pencil annotation
- Rice. A most destructive insect
- Corchorus
- Convolvulus repens
- Mustard [Sinapis arvensis] N.B. Note in ink: This caterpillar destroys crops of Mustard & at every year to the amount of at least a Lakh of Rupees in Bengal [ink]
- Salix babylonica
- Terminalia benzoin
- Pomegranate
- Gmelina arborea
- [Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae]
- [Coleoptera: Various]
- [Coleoptera: Cerambycidae]
- [Coleoptera: Various]
- [Coleoptera: Various; Dermaptera: Various]
- [Hemiptera: Various]
- [Hemiptera: Cicadoidea]
- [Orthoptera: Various, Neuroptera]
- [Othroptera: Tetrigidae]
- [Orthoptera: Acrididae]
- [Orthoptera: Various]
- [Mantodea]
- [Arachnida: Various]
Datec. 1825
Extent1 file
AcquisitionPresented to the Linnean Society in 1828 by William Carey.
Creator NameCarey, William
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