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Matilda Smith, botanical artist Featured Curtis's Botanical Magazine Image

Matilda Smith, botanical artist

Matilda Smith, Joseph Hooker's second cousin, began training as a botanical artist in 1877, at the age of 23, and remained in Kew's employ for 45 years, producing more than 2300 drawings for Curtis Botanical Magazine. She became the Civil Service's first payrolled botanical artist. In 1916 she became president of the Kew Guild and in 1921 was accepted as an associate of the Linnean Society, only the second woman to receive this honour. Hooker's second cousin, began training as a botanical artist in 1877, at the age of 23, and remained in Kew's employ for 45 years, producing more than 2300 drawings for Curtis Botanical Magazine. She became the Civil Service's first payrolled botanical artist. In 1916 she became president of the Kew Guild and in 1921 was accepted as an associate of the Linnean Society, only the second woman to receive this honour

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Pandanus candelabrum, P.Beauv. (Lustre Screw-pine) Featured Curtis's Botanical Magazine Image

Pandanus candelabrum, P.Beauv. (Lustre Screw-pine)

Original illustration from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, published as plate 5014, 1st November 1857. Watercolour and pencil on paper. W.J. Hooker points out that, although the specimen figured here was sent to Kew by the Governor Hercules G.R. Robinson from Saint Kitts, this species is a native of the West coast of Africa. PLEASE NOTE: Although identified as Pandanus candelabrum in Curtis's Botanical Magazine, botanists now believe this image shows Pandanus utilis

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Cullumia ciliaris, (L.) R.Br (Ciliated Cullumia) Featured Curtis's Botanical Magazine Image

Cullumia ciliaris, (L.) R.Br (Ciliated Cullumia)

Original illustration from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, published as plate 2095, 1st September 1819. Watercolour and pencil on paper. This species is a native of the Cape of Good Hope, growing at the summit of Devil's mountain. According to J. Sims it was introduced to England in 1774 by Francis Masson. This specimen was communicated by Messrs Loddiges and Sons

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