WILLIAM E. KILBURN
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WILLIAM E. KILBURN

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, c.1852

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WILLIAM E. KILBURN
Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, c.1852
quarter-plate daguerreotype
arched top, gilt mount, folding leather case, '234 Regent Street' credit in gilt on front cover
Provenance
Sir Joesph Dalton Hooker;
by descent to his son Brian Harvey Hodgson Hooker (1860-1932);
by descent to the present owner.
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Lot Essay

This Daguerreotype portrait of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911), one of the most influential British botanists of the 19th century, was taken in his mid-30s near the time of his marriage to Frances Harriet Henslow in 1851. This daguerreotype is the earliest known photograph of Joseph Hooker.

Between 1839 and 1843, Joseph Hooker travelled as assistant surgeon and botanist on the "Erebus" with Sir James Clark Ross and visited many places, including Madeira, the Cape of South Africa and the Antarctic. Subequently, between 1848 and 1851, he journeyed through northern India and Nepal on a botanical expedition.

The younger son of Sir William Jackson Hooker, the natural-history writer and long-time director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Joseph Hooker was an important supporter and confidant of Darwin and succeeded his father as the Director of Kew in 1865. He held the post until his retirement in 1885.
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