Breaking News on our Mystery Botanist

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Earlier this year we posted a photograph of a portrait we found in a box of paperwork at the back of the herbarium. It clearly shows a Victorian botanist – but which one? We speculated that it might look like Richard Buxton, who was a very interesting and impressive self-taught naturalist, but we now have another contender.
Richard Buxton

Christine Walsh (one of our dedicated team of herbarium volunteers) came across a picture of Joseph Evans (1803 – 1874), botanist and herbal doctor from Boothstown. There’s a biography of him on this site, and I have to say, he looks very like our mystery man. What do you think?

4 thoughts on “Breaking News on our Mystery Botanist

    Diane Webster said:
    May 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I agree it looks very like Joseph Evans – the description of clothes and appearance seems to fit remarkably well to your mystery man.

      Rachel responded:
      May 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Just missing the fern in the lapel and the dapper umbrella.

    Alan James said:
    August 5, 2016 at 8:10 am

    His is in St Marks churchyard outside the West door.
    There exist eothe photographs of him and his wife outside their cottage.

      Rachel responded:
      August 5, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Thank you for letting us know!

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