Wedgwood Medallion Portrait

Artist: Frank Bowcher (1864-1938)

Sitter: Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911)


Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London. NPG 2033.

A highly distinguished botanist, botanical collector and taxonomist, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker was responsible for discovering thousands of new species in far-flung regions, was the Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew for twenty years, President of the Royal Society from 1873-77, and the recipient of an array of international honours. In this way, he played "a central role in the transformation of botany's status – raising his science as he raised himself" (Endersby 34).

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