The collection's illustrators

LUCRETIA BREAZEALE HAMILTON.  Roughly 800 pen-and-ink drawings in the University of Arizona Herbarium's collection are by Lucretia Breazeale Hamilton (1908–1986), an artist who worked at the University for a number of years as illustrator for various scientific publications. An additional 119 botanical plates of cacti, a donation from Hamilton's son, are now also archived in the collection.

More information about Lucretia Hamilton can be found here, and a selection of her artworks can be seen in this gallery of artwork from the University of Arizona's Herbarium, in this gallery of works from the exhibit Gentry's Agaves, and also in our online exhibit Botanical Art of the Sonoran Desert: Past and Present.


REGINA OLSON HUGHES.  The Herbarium collection includes some 80 pen-and-ink drawings of agaves by renowned botanical illustrator Regina Hughes (1895–1993). Her superb drawings of agaves were prepared for Howard Scott Gentry's Agaves of Continental North America while she was working as an illustrator for the Smithsonian Institution. Many of her drawings were prepared from dried herbarium specimens collected by Gentry. More information about Hughes's life and career can be found here, and a selection of her artwork is presented in this gallery and in this gallery of works from the exhibit Gentry's Agaves.


WENDY C. HODGSON.  Wendy Hodgson is Herbarium Curator, Research Botanist, and botanical illustrator at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, where she has worked for nearly 40 years. She is one of the illustrators who prepared pen-and-ink illustrations for Gentry's Agaves of Continental North America. Thirty-five plates for this project are archived in the Herbarium's collection. Hodgson is the author and illustrator for Food Plants of the Sonoran Desert, and some of her illustrations for that book can be seen in our online exhibit Botanical Art of the Sonoran Desert: Past and Present. Several of her agave drawings are presented in this gallery of works from the exhibit Gentry's Agaves. Read more here about Hodgson's career and areas of research.


ELLA HOWARD ESTILL.  The Herbarium's collection includes 533 watercolor paintings by Ella Howard Estill (1860–1941) that were donated to the University. Estill lived in the Tucson area for many years and created hundreds of detailed paintings of native plants of the Sonoran Desert. These paintings differ from the rest of the Herbarium's collection in that they are not detailed scientific botanical illustrations, but they have significant historical value, and as such, they are being archived at the Herbarium. More information about Estill's life can be found here. A selection of her paintings can be seen in this gallery along with other works from the Herbarium's collection.