James De Carle Sowerby

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James De Carle Sowerby
Terrapene clausa from Monograph of the Testudinata

James De Carle Sowerby (5 June 1787 – 26 August 1871) was a British mineralogist, botanist, and illustrator. He received an education in chemistry.[1]

Sowerby was born in London, the son of botanical artist James Sowerby (1757–1822), and his wife, Anne de Carle (1764–1815). He continued his father's work and published, together with his brother George Brettingham Sowerby I, the latter volumes of the Mineral Conchology of Great Britain, begun by their father.[1]

Together with a cousin, he founded the Royal Botanic Society and Gardens, and was its secretary for 30 years.

His son William Sowerby was also a botanist and illustrator, and succeeded him as Secretary of the Royal Botanic Society in 1869.[2]

He died in Kilburn, London in 1871.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Cleevely, R. J. "Sowerby, James De Carle (1787–1871), naturalist and artist". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-26074. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  2. ^ Ray Desmond (1994). Dictionary Of British And Irish Botanists And Horticulturists Including plant collectors, flower painters and garden designers. CRC Press. pp. 644–. ISBN 978-0-85066-843-8.
  3. ^ IPNI.  J.C.Sowerby.

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