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SOWERBY, Charlotte (1820-1865)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 378 GSL LDGSL/542
Held at: Geological Society of London
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Full title: SOWERBY, Charlotte (1820-1865)
Date(s): [1854]
Level of description: Series
Extent: 1 item
Name of creator(s): SOWERBY | Charlotte Caroline | 1820-1865 | natural history artist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Charlotte Caroline Sowerby was the eldest daughter of the conchologist, illustrator and natural history dealer George Brettingham Sowerby (1788-1854) who was, like other members of her family, a talented natural history illustrator. Her best known published work was The illustrated bouquet, consisting of figures with descriptions of new flowers, published by E G Henderson and Son, London, 1857-1864.


Scope and content/abstract:

Watercolour drawing of a quartz crystal with asbestos inclusions, by Charlotte Caroline Sowerby, [1854]. Caption reads: 'Mineralogical phenomenon
Rock crystal with an hexahedral pyramid in the centre formed of Asbestos. This Crystal is supposed to be unique, Mr Sowerby never having seen a similar one, so extraordinarily curious and beautiful. Charlotte C Sowerby.'

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

Access is by appointment only, daily readership fee is applicable unless you are a member of the Society. Please contact the Archivist for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to copyright and the condition of the original, may be supplied. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Society by Charlotte Sowerby, 1854.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Society holds three other drawings by Charlotte Sowerby of volcanoes of Bourbon, France, 1858-1859, made for George Poulet Scrope, see LDGSL/529/B-D.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Description by John Thackray; revised by Caroline Lam

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 1985; Aug 2012

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