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Wallich and Indian Natural History

Reuniting collections through research and digitisation.

A new website will be launched this autumn highlighting the life and scientific work of the Danish botanist Nathaniel Wallich (1786-1854). As Superintendent of the Calcutta Gardens from 1817 to 1846 Wallich is a major figure in the history and development of Indian botany.

Over time the Wallich collections have been distributed among a number of European and Asian institutions. Through collaboration between:

    • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
    • Natural History Museum, London
    • British Library

many of Wallich's beautiful botanical watercolours drawings, plant specimens and a carefully selected number of letters and reports will be virtually reunited again on-line. This new resource will be of interest to:

    • Natural historians
    • Botanists
    • Historians
    • Social historians
    • Artists

An accompanying conference, ‘Wallich and Indian Natural History’ will be held on 6 and 7 December 2011 at the Natural History Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. For more details about the conference, please contact Zara Naghizadeh (


Drawings from the Wallich Collection