FLOWER, William Henry. 20412



Autograph Letter Signed, to Buxton Morrish, about the arrangements for Flower’s lecture, wishing to see the room in advance. 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches, fine, with the original envelope. Royal College of Surgeons, 20 December 1880. “I have a considerable number of diagrams, which are quite essential for the success of the lecture.” Sir William Henry Flower (1831-1899), comparative anatomist and surgeon. Flower became a leading authority on mammals, and especially on the primate brain. He supported Thomas Henry Huxley in an important controversy with Richard Owen about the human brain, and eventually succeeded Owen as Director of the Natural History Museum. His correspondent is Sir Thomas Buxton Morrish (1839-1909), secretary of the Art Union, and a partner in the well-known firm of jewellers and silversmiths, Howell, James, & Co. of Regent Street.