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Seymour, Louisa Caroline Harcourt, 1828-1889

Album of drawings of mosses.

England, ca. 1844?
Physical Description:
1 volume (60 leaves, some blank) ; 18 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
QK543 .S49 1844
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Louisa Seymour (1828-1889), was the youngest daughter of Henry Seymour (1776-1849), of Knoyle House, Hindon, Wiltshire; Northbrook Lodge, Devon; and 39 Upper Grosvenor Street, London. Henry was the second cousin of the 11th Duke of Somerset. In 1862, Louisa Seymour married Sir Henry Rawlinson, the prominent army officer and Orientalist.
The estimated date is based on a note at front (accompanying a small graphite sketch): "Found at Knoyle, Febry., 1844."
Bound in glazed green cloth, with loops at the fore-edge for the insertion of writing tools.
Volume of pen and ink and watercolor drawings of mosses, compiled by Louisa Seymour, circa 1844 (when Seymour was 16 years old). The volume includes 54 leaves with colored drawings and 4 further leaves with sketches in graphite. Each species of moss is depicted with multiple small drawings, showing the component parts of each plant. Seymour records the Latin name for each species, and notes the number assigned the species in English botany, by James Edward Smith and James Sowerby (published 1790-1814).
The inner front board has a pocket in which are inserted five pages of pen and ink drawings of moss and lichens, with a list of 13 species. There is also an envelope addressed: “Pflanzen für Miss Louise Seymour, 39 Upper Grosvenor, London.”
Subject Terms:
Botany -- Great Britain.
Mosses -- Great Britain -- Identification.
Seymour, Louisa Caroline Harcourt, 1828-1889.
Women in natural history.
Botanical illustrations.
Ink drawings -- 1844.
Watercolors -- 1844.

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