Two botanical studies of pears on a stem with a leaf, one dissected, by James Sowerby 1757-1822

JAMES SOWERBY (1757-1822)

Two botanical studies of pears on a stem with a leaf, one dissected, by James Sowerby 1757-1822

c. 1805 to 1810 England

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Two botanical studies of pears on a stem with a leaf, one dissected, by James Sowerby 1757-1822
Circa 1805-1810

Watercolour and Pencil, Watermark: J Whatman, Notes in pencil, one numbered 24
Size: 29 cm x 22 cm
Provenance: Ex Sowerby Family Collection. Notes to reverse 'By Ja
Sowerby (1757-1822) ex Sowerby Family Collection' and 'No 24 Ex Sowerby
Family Collection by James Sowerby 1757-1822 see DNB Vol 53 pg 305'
James Sowerby was the first of a large family of artists who
illustrated botanical and conchological books for nearly a century.
Most of his original botanical drawings are in the Natural History
Museum.
He was a pupil of the marine painter Richard Wright (1735-1774).
Sowerby was remarkably prolific and hard working producing over 2500
illustrations for 'English Botany' 1790-1814. His drawings have a fine
attention to botanical detail and a very clear so that it was easy to
transfer them to printed form.
In later years he studied zoology, mineralogy, fossils, fungi and
shells, writing and illustrating works on all these subjects. A genus
of Australian lilies was names after him 'Sowerbaea' and also a whale
which he found beached off Dogger Bank 'Mesoplodon Sowerbiensis'.
Despite the number of projects in which he was involved he still needed
to take in pupils and rely on teaching and portraiture for a living.
His best known pupil was Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin author of the
famous 18th century feminist work 'Vindication of the Rights of Women'.
Dimensions
Height 29.00 cm (11.42 inches)
Width 22.00 cm (8.66 inches)
Medium
Watercolour, pencil & ink
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