Title: Quartz crystal with asbestos inclusion
Creator: Charlotte Caroline Sowerby (1820-1865)
Description: Watercolour drawing of a quartz crystal with asbestos inclusions,.
The caption reads:
‘Mineralogical phenomenon. Rock crystal with an hexahedral pyramid in the centre formed of Asbestos. This Crystal is supposed to be unique, Mr Sowerby never having seen a similar one, so extraordinarily curious and beautiful. Charlotte C Sowerby.’
Charlotte was the eldest daughter of the conchologist, illustrator and natural history dealer George Brettingham Sowerby (1788-1854) who, like other members of her family, was a talented natural history illustrator. Her best known published work was ‘The illustrated bouquet, consisting of figures with descriptions of new flowers’, published by E G Henderson & Son, London, 1857-1864.
Archive reference: LDGSL/542
Image reference: 04-15
Recommended print size: Up to 70 x 50cm