Botanical water-colours by Mary Maria Fielding, 1830-3

Scope and Content

The six volumes contain c.530 botanical water-colours drawn by Mary Maria Fielding. The drawings (about 19 x 15 cm), some of which are on 'Turnbulls Superfine London Board' , are pasted into the volumes and the facing pages contain notes about many of the drawings, often giving a date and location for the plant.These notes were possibly made by Mrs. Fielding's husband Henry Borron Fielding.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mary Maria Simpson was the daughter of John Simpson, merchant, of Lancaster. She was baptised on 22 May 1804; married the botanist, Henry Borron Fielding (1805-1851), in Liverpool on 21 Dec.1826; and died on 22 Feb. 1895.

Access Information

Transferred to the Department of Plant Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RB. Application to consult the manuscripts should be made to the Department via Anne Townsend.

Acquisition Information

Bought from the booksellers, George's, Bristol, by Mrs. M. Jean Farmer; bought from Mrs. Farmer, 2000. Transferred on deposit to the Department of Plant Sciences, 2001.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection is available online at

Related Material

Henry Borron Fielding's library and herbarium are in the library of the Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford.