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Robert Brown (1773-1858), Botanist

Sitter in 9 portraits
Born in Montrose, Scotland, he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. In 1800 he took the position of naturalist on board The Investigator, which was departing on a voyage to chart the coast of Australia. He was to oversee the collecting of animals, rocks, and plants. Returning in 1805, he spent the next five years working on the material he had gathered. He published numerous species descriptions; in Western Australia alone he is credited with the naming of over a thousand species. He became the first Keeper of the Botanical Department of the British Museum in 1837, remaining until his death.

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2515(100)

Robert Brown

by William Brockedon
black and red chalk, 1849
NPG 2515(100)

P120(41)

Robert Brown

by Maull & Polyblank
albumen print, arched top, 1855
NPG P120(41)

1075

Men of Science Living in 1807-8

by Sir John Gilbert, and Frederick John Skill, and William Walker, and Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
pencil and wash, 1858-1862
NPG 1075

1075a

Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8'

by George Zobel, and William Walker
engraving, 1862
NPG 1075a

D32220

Robert Brown

by Charles Fox, after Henry William Pickersgill
line engraving, published 1837
NPG D32220

D32221

Robert Brown

by Charles Fox, after Henry William Pickersgill
line engraving, published 1837
NPG D32221

D32222

Robert Brown

by Thomas Herbert Maguire
lithograph, 1850
NPG D32222

D32223

Robert Brown

by Thomas Herbert Maguire
lithograph, 1850
NPG D32223