Bauer, Franz (1758-1840)

Scope and Content

Sketch of the eclipse of the sun, 1820; handwritten "explanation of plate"; sketches including grain worms, root worms, dust brands of wheat; title jacket for "Prospectus Operis Botanici" by Joseph Plenck (1788); short note describing Bauer's sketch of 2 December 1829.

Administrative / Biographical History

Franz Bauer was born in Feldsberg, Austria in 1758; his first published botanical drawing appeared in 1771; moved to England in 1790 to take up a position of draughtsman at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew; amongst his publications was Strelitzia Depicta (1818). Bauer is considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of botanical artists.


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Access Information

Open for research.

Acquisition Information

Senate House Library

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Collection-level description

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Richard Temple.

Separated Material

The Natural History Museum holds botanical notes and drawings, c1803-1840; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew holds memoranda and papers relevant to diseases in corn, c1805; Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford University holds drawings of Greek flora c1786; University College London holds letters to von Jacquin; the University of Göttingen holds drawings and manuscripts.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Custodial History

Transferred from Senate House Library