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Nodder, Frederick Polydore (fl. 1773–1800), botanical artist and publisher, is said to have been of German extraction, but nothing certain is known of his birth or early life. He is first recorded, together with his wife, Elizabeth, on 5 September 1773, when his son ...


James Sowerby (1757–1822) by J. C. Edwards (after Thomas Heaphy, 1816) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Sowerby, James (1757–1822), natural history artist, publisher, and collector, was born on 21 March 1757, at 2 Bolt-in-Tun Passage, Fleet Street, London, the son of John Sowerby (1719–1766), a lapidary, and his wife, Arabella Goodred (1722–1782). He was educated at a day school, where he often made models during his lessons that he could sell. When he was fourteen friends provided ...