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The Collection

The collection includes page images, descriptions and full digital text of the following:

Paintings of Individual Wildflowers

This section consists of 218 numbered paintings of individual wild flowers; numbers 30 and 90 are missing. In addition there are 13 unnumbered and untitled paintings.

Paintings of Grouped Wild Flowers as Published in Canadian Wild Flowers

10 original watercolours of grouped wildflowers. These original watercolours were created, ca. 1863–1865, for Chamberlin’s book, Canadian Wild Flowers. They were published as full page, hand coloured lithographs, by John Lovell of Montreal in 1868 and illustrate text written by Catherine Parr Traill.

Paintings of Wildflowers for Studies of Plant Life in Canada, by Catherine Parr Traill

6 original watercolours. Original watercolours published in Studies of Plant Life in Canada by Catherine Parr Traill (1885, 2nd edition 1906).

Paintings of Fungi

74 original watercolours. Original watercolours of single and grouped fungi. Four colour plates, reproducing four of the original watercolours, are said to have been used in a report on edible fungi published by the Geological Survey of Canada. (This publication is as yet unidentified). Three other reproductions from the original watercolours are uncaptioned and seem not to have been included in the GSC report.


The collection comprises 318 botanical illustrations; English names are provided for 209, alternate English names are provided for 73, and Latin names are provided for all of the plants illustrated.

The collection may be searched by Latin, English or alternate name of the flora illustrated

The complete contents of the collection can be viewed, browsing by Latin or English name.