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Nathaniel Wallich Collection

Reuniting collections through research and digitisation



As part of the Wallich and Indian Natural History project, the plant drawings, specimens and correspondence are being reunited online in a collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Natural History Museum, London and The British Library, with additional input from the Indian Botanic Gardens, Kolkata, and the National Archives of India.

About Nathaniel Wallich


Pastel portrait of Nathaniel Wallich
Pastel portrait of Nathaniel Wallich
Discover Wallich’s fascinating life story and why he is considered such a major figure in the history and development of Indian botany.


Find out why he was imprisoned and what he made of himself on his release

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Photo of a specimen from the Wallich collection
A specimen from the Wallich collection
Delve deeply into the collected specimens, drawings and correspondence of this giant of botany.


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