Ellen’s Treasures

Fucus capillaris Collected April 18th 1808 in Bantry Bay. Image Courtesy of The Herbarium. Botany Dept. Trinity College Dublin.

Fucus capillaris Collected April 18th 1808 in Bantry Bay. Image Courtesy of The Herbarium. Botany Dept. Trinity College Dublin.

In shop windows in Bantry, West Cork, for a week or so last August, as well as the official Ellen Hutchins Exhibition and Botanical Art Trail, there were also photographs of seaweed specimens (dried plants on paper) of hers from the Herbarium in the Botany Department, Trinity College Dublin and the Natural History Museum, London, and watercolour drawings of hers held by Museums Sheffield (Yorkshire, England). These three institutions kindly gave permission for the photographs to be displayed in the shop windows during the Ellen Hutchins Festival 2016. This was a wonderful opportunity to see the detailed work that Ellen did in spreading out the seaweeds so carefully on the paper to make the specimens, and the exquisite detail that she captured in her drawings. If you were in Bantry, and found them, you could use the QR code beside them to find out more about them, or you can still click here for that information.