Is that Richard Buxton’s nose?

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Painting discovered in box of paperwork

Rummaging through a box at the back of the herbarium earlier today we came across this lovely painting of a botanist (nothing like having a fern in the lapel to demonstrate your occupation!).

Looking at a display panel in the herbarium, we thought the man in the portrait looks rather similar to the daguerreotype of Richard Buxton aged 65 (on the right). What do you think?

Stansfield, Nowell and Buxton

Richard Buxton (1786 – 1865) was a very interesting man, born in Prestwich and apprenticed to be a children’s shoemaker, he decided to teach himself to read. From there, he moved on to educating himself about the plants he found growing around him, firstly by reading Culpeper’s Herbal, before reading more scientific texts which explained the Linnaean system for classifying plants. He became a renowned local botanist and wrote floras of the plants found around Manchester. We are proud to have plant material collected by such a remarkable man in our herbarium collections, and so we have some out on display in our Manchester Gallery.

Packaged mosses prepared by Buxton and Nowell
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6 thoughts on “Is that Richard Buxton’s nose?

    Peter C. said:
    February 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Looks like “Twister” out of Lark Rise to Candleford

      Rachel responded:
      February 28, 2013 at 6:47 am

      I hadn’t noticed that, but you’re right! The hat helps.

    Dave Bishop said:
    March 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Fantastic picture! What a find!
    I think that the subject looks more like Nowell (without the beard) than Buxton.

    Rachel responded:
    March 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Hi Dave, yes you could be right. It could be Nowell without a beard and looking a little older and thinner than the other picture.

    Timothy Body said:
    February 19, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Comparing this painting with the famous portrait photo I’d say it’s Buxton. The two share more than a nose in common. The arch of the eyebrow and shape of the mouth lines/cheekbone lines match up as do the ears. I reckon you’ve got your man there.

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