About Elizabeth Blackwell is a new page on this website and can be found in the section in History devoted to Past Masters of Botanical Art and Illustration.
The content has largely transferred in from another site. However I've taken the opportunity to update and improve it!
The page covers the life of Elizabeth Blackwell, her importance to botanical illustration and the Herbal she created. This includes her illustrations - drawn, etched and engraved and hand coloured - of the "most useful plants which are now used in the practice of Physick" as found in the Chelsea Physic Garden in the 1730s.
An illustrated Herbal of this kind had never been produced before in the UK - and Sir Hans Sloane thought it was about time there was one!
A Curious Herbal was published in weekly parts between issued in weekly parts - each containing four plates and accompanying text - over 125 weeks between 1737 and 1739.
The story of her life is long and complicated - and her husband's even more so. Suffice to say this book and the illustrations it includes were produced to raise funds to discharge her husband from his debts and stay in the debtors's prison where he was confined!
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