John Nugent Fitch

John Nugent Fitch (24 October 1840 – 11 January 1927) was a British botanical illustrator and lithographer,[1] best known for his contribution of 528 plates to The Orchid Album,[2] a landmark work of eleven volumes published between 1872 and 1897. Fitch was the nephew of botanical artist Walter Hood Fitch (1817–1892).[3] Fitch also contributed to Curtis's Botanical Magazine from 1878, joining a select group of illustrators such as William Kilburn, James Sowerby, Sydenham Edwards, William Jackson Hooker and Walter Hood Fitch. Fitch also produced plates for Lepidoptera Indica[4] by Frederic Moore. He was also employed by Trevor Lawrence to paint pictures of his orchids.[5]

John Nugent Fitch
Born(1840-10-24)24 October 1840
Died11 January 1927(1927-01-11) (aged 86)
Known forbotanical illustration and lithography
Cypripedium measuresianum

Fitch was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1877.[1]


  1. ^ a b Lewis, Jan. "Fitch, Walter Hood (1817–1892)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/54090. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Moore, Thomas (1882). Orchid album :comprising coloured figures and descriptions of new, rare and beautiful orchidaceous plants. Illustrated by John Nugent Fitch. B. S. Williams., 10 volumes, (1882–1897)
  3. ^ St George, Ian, 1989 Botanical artists of New Zealand orchids: 2l. John Nugent Fitch (1843–1927). Orchids New Zealand 15. (3):73
  4. ^ Moore, Frederic; Swinhoe, Charles (1882). Lepidoptera indica. Reeve., 10 volumes, (1890-1913)
  5. ^ Elliott, Brent (March 2010). "The Royal Horticultural Society and its orchids: a social history" (PDF). Occasional Papers from the RHS Lindley Library. 2: 3–53.

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