Margaret Fountaine (1862-1940)


Margaret Fountaine, 1886

Margaret Fountaine (1862-1940) was a Victorian lepidopterist 
and diarist, born in Norfolk, UK. She was an accomplished natural history 
illustrator and had a great love and knowledge of butterflies, travelling and 
collecting extensively through Europe, South Africa, India, Tibet, America
Australia and the West Indies, publishing numerous papers on her work. She 
raised many of the butterflies from eggs or caterpillars, producing specimens 
of great quality, 22,000 of which are housed at the Norwich Castle Museum 
and known as the Fountaine-Neimy Collection. Her four sketch books of 
butterfly life-cycles are held at the Natural History Museum in London.

Read more here 


From 'Love among the butterflies', by Margaret Fountaine


Margaret Fountaine on a butterfly hunt


Margaret Fountaine, 50 years old


Comments