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Botanical water-colours by Mary Maria Fielding


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The six volumes contain c.530 botanical water-colours drawn by Mary Maria Fielding. The drawings (about 19 × 15 cm), some of which are on 'Turnbulls Superfine London Board' , are pasted into the volumes and the facing pages contain notes about many of the drawings, often giving a date and location for the plant.These notes were possibly made by Mrs. Fielding's husband Henry Borron Fielding, whose library is in the Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy (formerly Plant Sciences Library) and herbarium is in the Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford.


  • Creation: 1830-3, n.d.


0.6 Linear metres (6 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is consulted at the Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RB. Application to consult the manuscripts should be made to the Library, Tel: +44 (0) 1865 275025.

Preferred Citation

Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. d. 3354, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Eng. d. 3354-3359

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11425


Botanical water-colours by Mary Maria Fielding with accompanying, descriptive notes possibly by her husband, Henry Borron Fielding, 1830-3 and undated.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Maria Simpson was the daughter of John Simpson, merchant, of Lancaster. She was baptised on 22 May 1804; married the botanist, Henry Borron Fielding, in Liverpool on 21 Dec.1826; and died on 22 Feb. 1895.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from the booksellers, George's, Bristol, by Mrs. M. Jean Farmer; bought from Mrs. Farmer, 2000. Transferred on deposit to Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy (formerly Plant Sciences Library)y, Oxford University Library Services, 2001.

Related Materials

An account, possibly by John Clay, who was the husband of Henrietta Fielding (sister of Henry Borron Fielding), of Fielding's herbarium, and drawings of plants within it, can be found in MSS. Sherard 389-97 (Department of Plant Sciences).

Catalogue of botanical water-colours by Mary Maria Fielding, 1830-3, n.d.
Finding aid prepared by Timothy Rogers, EAD version by Anna Dunn
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom