Timothy Utteridge, Clare Drinkell, Ranee Prakash – The Wallich Plant Illustrations in London: Identification and Dissemination

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Event Date: 6 December 2011
Flett Lecture Theatre
Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD

 

Wallich and Indian Natural History:
Collection Dispersal and the Cultivation of Knowledge

 

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  • Timothy Utteridge (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
  • Clare Drinkell (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
  • Ranee Prakash (Natural History Museum)

The Wallich Plant Illustrations in London: Identification and Dissemination

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Abstract:

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Natural History Museum, London have extensive holdings of historic plant specimens and associated collections such as illustrations. Recently, both institutes identified several hundred Wallich unpublished illustrations in their collections that had never been properly named. This talk will discuss the project, particularly from a botanical science view and discuss the naming and origins of the illustrations (mostly from Wallich’s trip in Nepal and others from the Calcutta gardens), and show some images of herbarium material that match the illustrations that have been scanned, databased and now be made online. In addition the use of the illustrations in publications will be briefly discussed.

Biography:

Dr. Timothy Utteridge. SE Asia Regional Team, Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Tim is the Acting Head of the South-East Asia team at Kew with interests in several families in the region, especially the Icacinaceae and tropical Primulaceae. Tim was Kew’s Wallich illustration project key staff member who identified the illustrations and attempted to match them to extant herbarium material. Tim has recently taken over the role of the curator of the East India Company Herbarium at Kew (often referred to as the Wallich collection).

Clare Drinkell. SE Asia Regional Team, Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Clare is an assistant botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew with an interest in the tropical Primulaceae and Ebenaceae of South-East Asia. Clare was Kew’s Wallich illustration project key staff member who databased and digitized those specimens associated with the illustrations.

Ranee Prakash. Curator-Flowering Plants, Department of Botany, The Natural History Museum.

Ranee is a curator at the Natural History Museum with a strong interest in the plants of the Indian subcontinent. Before moving to the Natural History Museum, Ranee was a member of the team at Kew that initiated and conducted a major digitization programme of the world’s most important herbarium specimens – the type specimens. Ranee was the Natural History Museum’s Wallich illustration project key staff member who identified and digitized those specimens associated with the illustrations.
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