Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft

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Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft
Wollstonecraft botanical illustration
Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft. Blue Passion Flower. Passiflora Cerulea, ca. 1826. Vol. I, Pl. 25.
Born(1791-10-29)October 29, 1791
DiedMay 16, 1828(1828-05-16) (aged 36)
ResidenceUnited States, Cuba

Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft (born 29 October 1791, Rindge, died 16 May 1828, Matanzas) was a North American botanist, naturalist, botanical illustrator, and women's rights advocate, active in colonial Cuba in the early nineteenth century.


Anne Kingsbury was born Oct. 29, 1791, in Rindge, New Hampshire. Her parents were Benjamin Kingsbury and Abigail Sawin (1748-1793).[1] She married Charles Wollstonecraft, whose sister, Mary Wollstonecraft, achieved fame in Britain as a philosopher, author, and advocate for the rights of women.


Following the death of her husband in 1817, Anne Wollstonecraft moved to Matanzas, Cuba.[1] While there, she studied the flora of the island, and in the mid-1820s, created an extensive illustrated manuscript, Specimens of the Plants and Fruits of the Island of Cuba, an important resource for the study of colonial naturalism in Cuba.[2] She was able to publish several of her botanical discoveries during her life, many under the pseudonym D’Anville. One letter was published in the Boston Monthly Magazine. However, although she sent the manuscript to a publisher months before her death, Wollstonecraft's manuscript for Specimens of the Plants and Fruits of the Island of Cuba was never published. [2] While Wollstonecraft devoted most of her writing to botany and ecology, she also wrote in support of women's rights, including "The Natural Rights of Women," also published in the Boston Monthly Magazine.[2] Wollstonecraft died May 16, 1828.[1]

Wollstonecraft's three-volume manuscript, Specimens of the Plants and Fruits of the Island of Cuba, was thought by scholars to have been lost, but was recently rediscovered through the process of digitization. It has now been made available to view or download online via the Hathi Trust, courtesy of the Cornell University Library.[3]

External links[edit]

  • Specimens of the Plants and Fruits of the Island of Cuba (3 volume manuscript, available to download from the Hathi Trust, courtesy of the Cornell University Library)
  • D'Anville [pseudonym] (1825). "The Natural Rights of Women". Boston monthly magazine. 1: 126–135. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  • Article published in National Geographic about rediscovery of Wollstonecraft album 22 April 2019


  1. ^ a b c Kingsbury, Addison; Kingsbury, Joseph Addison (1901). A pendulous edition of Kingsbury genealogy. Pittsburgh: Murdoch-Kerr Press. p. 43.
  2. ^ a b c Carey, Jonathan (February 5, 2019). "A Forgotten Botanist's Stunning 19th-Century Manuscript Is Now Online". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Beduya, Jose (January 30, 2019). "Botanical illustration pioneer goes from obscurity to online". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved February 22, 2019.