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Rowe, Miss

Rowe collection of botanical specimens, 1861-1862.

Physical Description:
5 linear feet (6 boxes, 1 oversize)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
MSS 35
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Archives & Manuscripts
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Of green leaf, bird, and flower: artists' books and the natural world, p. 20.
The collection comprises over 500 pressed plant specimens from the area around Liverpool, assembled by a "Miss Rowe" of 2 Elizabeth Street, in 1861. Each specimen is mounted on a folded sheet of paper and held in place by small bands of paper. On the facing page of the folded sheet, Rowe identifies the specimen with its Latin and common name, the location the specimen was found, and the date collected. Specimens were housed within small blue tinted envelopes (13 x 20 cm), some of which are still sealed. Sixty-nine of the envelopes are adorned with a watercolor depiction of the plant enclosed, along with a printed label giving the Latin name of the family to which the specimens belong.
Attribution to Rowe is based on an engraved calling card bearing the name "Miss Rowe," annotated in manuscript "2 Elizabeth Street" (see final item in the collection).
The collection is accompanied by a large mahogany box (52 x 35 x 10 cm) previously used to house the envelopes; with a hinged lid, brass lock, and key. On the inside of the lid is a paper label reading "L.N.F.C. Names of natural orders from Dr. Dickinson's Flora of Liverpool."
Subject Terms:
Botanical specimens -- Collection and preservation.
Botany -- Societies, etc.
Dickinson, Joseph, approximately 1805-1865. Flora of Liverpool.
Flowers -- Collection and preservation.
Liverpool Naturalists' Field Club.
Women in natural history.
Herbaria (documents)
Botanical illustrations.
IIIF Manifest:

"Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower" : Artists' Books and the Natural World (Yale Center for British Art, May 15, 2014-August 10, 2014) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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