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John Hutchinson (1884–1972)


Botanical artist, phylogenist, taxonomist


Manuscript of The Genera of Flowering Plants, n.d., and
Partial Manuscript of Families of Flowering Plants, n.d.

HI Archives collection no. 18
Genera: Four custom boxes
Families: Two boxes
Oral history, 1 reel


Letters to Baki Kasapligil (1918–1992), 1970–1973

HI Archives collection no. 160
Folder file, box 5

Hutchinson, John
Photographer: Hugh Iltis
Date: August 1964 (at age 80)
Location: Kew Herbarium
HI Archives portrait no. 4

Biographical and content note Archives 18
John Hutchinson (1884–1972) was a taxonomist and botanical artist. This collection contains the original manuscripts of volumes I (ca.719 typescript pages) and II (ca.1000 typescript pages) of his The Genera of Flowering Plants (Angiospermae) (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1964, 1967; HI Library call no. DS1 H975G), with extensive alterations in the author’s hand.

In addition, there is a partial manuscript of Hutchinson’s The Families of Flowering Plants: Arranged According to a New System Based on Their Probable Phylogeny (ed. 2, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1959; HI Library call no. DS1 H975F 959 VOL. 1), Volume I, “Dicotyeldons.” The manuscript is mainly typewritten but also includes annotated pages and illustrations from the 1926 edition. It begins with part of the key to artificial groups and continues through Family 179 (Pentadiplandraceae) and thence from Family 305 (Parnassiaceae) through the end of Volume I. These pages contain extensive alterations. Also included are discarded handwritten and typewritten versions of various parts of the manuscript.

Included with Genera Volume I is a letter from Agnes Arber to Hutchinson (Cambridge, 22 July 1934, one page), in which she thanks him for the copy of his The Families of Flowering Plants, Volume II, which she had not known was dedicated to her; she refers also to the work of her daughter. This is not the original letter but rather a copy typed by Hutchinson. It is found in Box 1 (containing Genera Volume I).

Hutchinson also sent the Institute 13 unpublished plates showing outstanding features of certain families of flowering plants; two original designs related to the frontispieces of Families; and 14 drawings of British wild flowers. All of these items were transferred to the Art Department.

Other resources

Individual and group portraits of this subject are available from the Hunt Institute portrait collection. Thumbnails of the individual and group portrait holdings are available as PDFs for research purposes. For publication-quality images, contact the Archivist to place an order.

Biographical citations for this subject are available from the Hunt Institute biographical collection as a PDF.

Artworks by Hutchinson are held by Hunt Institute’s Art Department. For more information, search the Catalogue of the Botanical Art Collection at the Hunt Institute database.

Contents HI Archives collection no. 18

Materials related to The Genera of Flowering Plants:
Box 1
Original manuscript: The Genera of Flowering Plants, Volume I, ending at Order 7, Family 47 (p. 241 in the published work); typed copy of Arber letter.

Box 2
Original manuscript: The Genera of Flowering Plants, remainder of Volume I.

Box 3
Original manuscript: The Genera of Flowering Plants, Volume II, ending at Order 24 (p. 303 in the published work).

Box 4
Original manuscript: The Genera of Flowering Plants, remainder of Volume II.

Materials related to The Families of Flowering Plants:
Boxes 1–2
Partial typewritten manuscript, with Hutchinson’s annotations and alterations: The Families of Flowering Plants, Volume I. Ca.480 pieces.

Hutchinson, John
Date: 1950 (at age 66)
HI Archives portrait no. 1


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