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robert brown portrait engraving botanist antique print

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The Late Mr Brown DCI


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Antique 19th century portrait of a botanist


Wood-engraving from 'The Illustrated London News'. Some relevant text surrounds the image. Unrelated image below and unrelated text on reverse. Robert Brown (1773-1858) was the leading British botanist to collect in Australia during the first half of the 19th century. He accompanied Flinders on his historic voyage to chart the coast of Australia, leaving Britain in December 1801 and ending in Sydney in June 1803. Brown stayed in Australia until May 1805. He published the results of his collecting in his famous "Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae" in 1810. He succeeded Dryander as Banks' librarian, and on Banks' death in 1820 inherited his library and herbarium. This was transferred to the British Museum where Brown became the first Keeper of the Botanical Department.

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artist After a photo by Maull and Polybank
method Wood-engraving
date 1858
size 405mm by 275mm (sheet)
SKU BT5008