Breaking News on our Mystery Botanist
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.
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”
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.
May 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm
Just missing the fern in the lapel and the dapper umbrella.
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.
August 5, 2016 at 8:54 am
Thank you for letting us know!