Elizabeth Blackwell: 18th century pioneer in Art, Botany and Copyright

She drew plants and tested the law

Bronwen Scott
5 min readMar 21, 2024

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A garden packed with plants around a pond with a giant clam shell. Expensive terraced houses are in the background.
Chelsea Physic Garden, Rock Garden. © Andy Scott. CC BY-SA 4.0

On 10 September 1734, the London Gazette published a notice about an impending bankruptcy trial. The debtor was Alexander Blackwell, a Scottish doctor who had set up as a printer in the city. Blackwell had previously worked as a proofreader for William Wilkins, a newspaper proprietor in…

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Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com