|from La Belle Assemblee April 1807|
|from La Belle Assemblee July 1807|
|from The Natural History|
of British Shells
His most popular works were on the insects of China, India, and Australia.
He did some local collecting of flora and fauna himself, but some of his British items and all of his world specimens were purchased from explorers and dealers. It was an expensive business, and he may not have been a very astute businessman.
|from The Scots Magazine 1817|
The Institute of Natural History had promoted his books heavily, and its loss must have been a great disappointment to him. The fulfillment of a dream and its destruction, within ten years...
Edward Donovan died February 1, 1837. His financial holdings had never recovered and his large family was left destitute at his death. We know little about his personal life other than this. He left a legacy of art and scholarship, but at what personal cost?
'Til next time,