Celebrating Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815)
Ireland’s first female botanist and a talented botanical artist
Exhibition in the Library at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, until 22 November 2019, free
The story of a remarkable young woman botanising in a remote corner of Ireland – Bantry Bay, West Cork – in the early 1800s. Ellen Hutchins specialised in non-flowering plants: seaweeds, lichens, mosses and liverworts, and found a significant number of plants new to science or new to the British Isles, some of which were named after her by fellow botanists.
Ellen’s story is told through her beautiful drawings of seaweeds, her letters, and coverage of her plant finds in botanical books of the early 1800s. The exhibition shows how important botanical illustration was (and still is) to botanists, and the significant part that correspondence played in botany in the nineteenth century. Discover how important botanising was to Ellen, and the legacy that she left from her short life – she died aged twenty-nine.
The Library entrance is outside Kew Gardens, near Elizabeth Gate, on Kew Green.
For more information on Ellen Hutchins see www.ellenhutchins.com