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Agnes Chamberlin Papers [manuscript]
Chamberlin, Agnes, 1833-1913.
21 boxes.
Book, Manuscript
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biographical note
Agnes Chamberlin was born in Coburg, Ont., in 1833. In 1863, she began to paint studies of wild flowers to illustrate a projected book by Catherine Parr Traill on Canadian flora. Her book Canadian Wild Flowers was first published in 1868, and was eventually published in three more editions (two in 1869, and one in 1895). Nine more of her paintings were reproduced as illustrations for C.P. Traill's work, Studies of Plant Life in Canada, published in 1885. Chamberlin died in 1913.
general note
The Fisher Library contains several editions of Chamberlin's Canadian Wild Flowers and two editions of C.P. Traill's Studies of Plant Life.
The collection includes original paintings of Canadian flora and mushrooms by Chamberlin, and subscription books for her book Canadian Wild Flowers (1868 and 1869 editions). Most of the paintings have not been reproduced. It also contains original paintings and photographs of Canadian flora and other subjects by Chamberlin's daughter, Geraldine Moodie, an album of pressed plants by Moodie, and an album of pressed ferns by Catherine Parr Trail.
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indexes/finding aids
Finding Aid can be found at the reference desk at the Fisher Library.
The Chamberlin material was donated to the Botany Department of the University of Toronto in 1935 by the heirs of the artist. At the same time, Moodie donated her own paintings and photographs of botanical subjects.
The collection was transferred from the University of Toronto's Botany Department to the Rare Books Department in 1966.

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