Priscilla Susan Bury

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Priscilla Susan Bury
Priscilla Susan Falkner

(1799-01-12)12 January 1799
Liverpool, England
Died8 March 1872(1872-03-08) (aged 73)
Croydon, England
NationalityUnited Kingdom
OccupationBotanist and Illustrator
Spouse(s)Edward Bury

Priscilla Susan Bury, born Falkner (12 January 1799 Liverpool – 8 March 1872 Croydon), was an English botanist and illustrator.


Priscilla Susan Bury was born in Fairfield, 2 miles east of Liverpool, England. She began to draw plants from her family's greenhouse and, by 1829, had enough studies of lilies and allied plants for publication. From 1831-1834, her drawings were published in A Selection of Hexandrian Plants[1]. The engraving was entrusted to the Londoner Robert Havell, engraver of the John James Audubon (1785-1851) plates. The book was carried out in aquatint and the 350 plant drawings painted in part by hand. The subscribers to this large folio numbered only 79, mostly from the Lancashire region, Audubon being one of them. The book was described as "one of the most effective colour-plate folios of its period" by Wilfrid Jasper Walter Blunt in his The Art of Botanical Illustration.[2]

She married Edward Bury (1794-1858), a noted railway engineer, on 4 March 1830. The couple had at least three sons, born between 1831 and 1835. Although she was not trained as a botanist or patronized as a professional artist[3], she was the author of several other scientific plant illustrations[4] including The Botanist of Benjamin Maund (1790-1863).[5]



  • 1859: Recollections of Edward Bury, by his Widow (Privately published, Windermere)
  • 1862: Figures of Remarkable Forms of Polycystins, or allied organisms, in the Barbados Chalk Deposit; drawn by Mrs. Bury. Windermere: John Garnett, [1862]


  1. ^ "A selection of Hexandrian plants, belonging to the natural orders Amaryllidae and Liliacae". Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  2. ^ Blunt, Wilfrid (1950). The Art of Botanical Illustration. London: Collins. p. 213.
  3. ^ "Priscilla Susan Bury - Audubon House Gallery of Natural History". Audubon House Gallery of Natural History. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  4. ^ "Biodiversity Heritage Library citation".
  5. ^ The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
  6. ^ IPNI.  Bury.

Works cited

  • Brent Elliott (2001). Flora. Une histoire illustrée des fleurs de jardin. Delachaux et Niestlé (Lausanne): 335 p.

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