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James Edward Smith engraving John Russell

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James Edward Smith MD FRS


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Antique print relating to Australia


James Edward Smith MD FRS, President of the Linnean Society', vignette below portrait titled 'Pursuit of the Ship containing the Linnean Collection by the order of the King of Sweden'. Sir James Edward Smith (1759 - 1828) was an English botanist and founder of the Linnean Society. 'He trained in medicine and botany; lecturer in botany at Guy's Hospital, London, 1788-1796. Purchased Linnaeus' collections in 1784. Founded the Linnean Society in 1788 and was President until 1828. Published widely on Australian plants, of particular note being his contributions to John White's Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales (1790), his own A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland... (1793-1795) and 3348 articles in Rees' Cyclopaedia (1802-1820). Smith's herbarium contained collections by many others, including the following of particular importance to Australia: R.Brown, J.J.H. de Labillardiere, C.Linnaeus, A.Menzies and J.White.' Ref : Australian National Herbarium / A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed., ABRS. John Russell was an English painter renowned for his portrait work in oils and pastels. Published by Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), physician and writer and publisher on botany. Sheet not wavy as appears in photo. A light crease across bottom right corner. One mark in the image.

Additional Information

artist W Ridley after John Russell (1745-1806)
method Stipple and line engraving
date 1800
size 485mm by 350mm (platemark)
SKU AU5949