John Ellis senior

Prints, Drawings and Paintings

Sketches by Luke Robins

In his will John Ellis said that for several years he had employed Luke Robins to collect and paint items of Natural History on Jamaica, and he encouraged his son John to continue Robins' employment until 1784 at a salary of no more than £200 p.a., and he left the collection to date to his son. This collection was reportedly lost at sea in 1782; R.I. Vane-Wright and Harold Hughes argue that much of the natural history of Jamaican insects in Butterflies and Plants (1755-1783) by Henry Seymer and Henry Seymer jun. drew on the work of Luke Robins.


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Dispersal Date
30th Nov -0001