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A pair of botanical watercolours by Dr Francis Russell

A charming pair of early 20th century botanical watercolours by Dr Francis Martin Russell.

English, circa 1900
Francis Martin Russell was born in Marlborough, Wiltshire the son of an ironmonger. His father John Russell came into contact though his business with Sir John Guest, the great South Wales Ironmaster and Member of Parliament for Merthyr Tydfil and it was Guest who, in 1839, nominated the 19 years old Francis Martin Russell for entry to University College, London to study Medicine. Russell qualified in 1842 and in that same year took up a position as house surgeon at the Glamorgan and Monmouth Infirmary. In 1854 he left Wales and moved to Canada where he joined the Medical Faculty of Trinity College, Toronto as Professor of Botany and Medical Jurisprudence. Unfortunately, two years later, the Medical Faculty was closed and Russell returned to Wales where he resumed his medical practice as surgeon to the English Copper Company based in Cwm-Avon, Taibach, Glamorgan.

In the late 1870s, Russell retired from medicine and moved from the intense industrial frenzy of South Wales to the calm gentility of Caledonian Place, Clifton, Bristol. He had more time to devote to his interest in botany and it was in Clifton that he executed many of these beautifully studied watercolours

Russell died in Clifton in 1915 at the great age of 94.

Width: 15 in; 38 cm
Height: 19 in; 48 cm

Reference: 1241

Price: £1,350

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