The Reverend William Keble Martin spent many years of his life collecting, studying and drawing plants. This drawing of plants in the lily family is a preliminary plate for inclusion in his book The Concise British Flora in Colour published in 1965. It corresponds to plates 85 and 86 in the final work.
In spring 1934 his vocation took him to the Vicarage of Great Torrington. Visiting parishioners, preparing sermons and Bible classes in this new parish left little time for drawing. Spare time was spent in the garden. Keble Martin drew the meadow saffron flower (Colchicum autumnale) from a specimen found in Torrington (bottom right).
The following species are depicted: Muscari atlanticum, Scilla autumnalis, Scilla verna, Endymion non-scriptus, Fritillaria meleagris Gagea lutea, Lloydia serotina, Paris quadrifolia, Narthecium ossifragum and Colchicum autumnale. RAMM also has his herbarium collection (pressed plants).
Purchased with assistance from the Friends of RAMM.