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Faxon, Charles Edward, 1846-1918. Charles Edward Faxon watercolors of ferns, approximately 1877: A Guide.

Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: gra00003
Repository: Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Faxon, Charles Edward, 1846-1918
Title: Charles Edward Faxon watercolors of ferns
Date(s): approximately 1877
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (9 unnumbered leaves)
Language of materials: English

Provenance:

The provenance of the collection is unknown.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is available by appointment for research. Researchers must register and provide two forms of valid photo identification. Please contact botref@oeb.harvard.edu for additional information.

Preferred Citation:

Charles Edward Faxon watercolors of ferns, Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Other related material at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria: Charles Edward Faxon papers, approximately 1860-1895 and Charles Edward Faxon watercolors, approximately 1880-1890.

Biographical note

Charles Edward Faxon was born on January 21, 1846, to Elisha and Hannah Mann Faxon, in a part of Roxbury, Massachusetts, that later became Jamaica Plain. His interest in nature was fostered by his older brother Edwin, a naturalist. Charles was educated in public schools and at the Lawrence Scientific School at Harvard College, where he received a B.S. in civil engineering in 1867.
After college Faxon traveled to Europe for six months and worked in the family leather business for several years. In the late 1870's Yale botanist, Daniel Cady Eaton, asked Faxon and his brothers to make collections for him. Faxon also contributed watercolor illustrations to Eaton's "Ferns of North America," published in two volumes in 1879 and 1880.
Faxon was instructor of botany at Harvard's Bussey Institution from 1879 to 1884. He was appointed assistant director of the Arnold Arboretum by Charles Sprague Sargent in 1882. Faxon's work at the Arboretum was primarily to create plates for Sargent's publications, including the 14-volume "Silva of North America." Faxon also managed the library and herbarium. He remained at the Arboretum until his death in Jamaica Plain on February 6, 1918.
Sources
Cattell JK. 1906. American Men of Science; a biographical directory. New York: Bowker.
Dosmann MS, Pearson LE. 2015. Charles Edward Faxon: Botanical Draftsman. Arnoldia (Jamaica Plain). 73(1):2-10.
Sargent CS. 1918. Charles Edward Faxon. Rhodora. 20(117):117-122.

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of 9 color illustrations; 32 cm. Prepared for but not used in D.C. Eaton's Ferns of North America (1879-1880).

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