Ticket for a lecture about botany
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
The Victorian period marked perhaps the widest geographical spread of the British Empire, and as a result was an era of unprecedented botanical discovery. Wealthy Victorians had time and money to spend growing and nurturing exotic plants; and so lectures on botany such as this one from Dr Rutherford were popular leisure activities as much they were as scientific meetings. The bearer of this ticket is identified as 'Mr Robert Liston', an eminent London doctor who would carry out the world's first anaesthetised surgical operations in the 1840s.