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"Lavinia's Tanager"

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Old Sunday 3rd December 2017, 16:53   #1
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"Lavinia's Tanager"

Anyone know the full details (years) on Mrs. Lavinia Bowen? She's commemorated in the eponym ...

lavinia as in:
• Rufous-winged Tanager Tangara lavinia CASSIN 1858 (here) as "Calliste Lavinia" later amended (with no sucess I assume) into laviniæ (by Cassin himself, in 1860, here, also used in 1864, here) a k a "Lavinia's Tanager"

This far the most detailed account of her life, that I´ve found, is as below (quoted in full, as that web-page tend to move around now and then!):

Bowen, Lavinia
Alternate title
Bowen & Co.
b. ca. 1820
Lavinia Bowen, born ca. 1820 in Maine and wife of preeminent Philadelphia lithographer John T. Bowen, operated the lithograph firm Bowen & Company with ornithologist John Cassin after her husband's death in 1856. The newly-styled firm, left with an estate worth about $5,500 from John T. Bowen, continued to operate from the southwest corner of Eleventh and Chestnut Streets until 1866, when it relocated to 713 Jayne Street until 1872. John Cassin left the firm in 1867, and R. B. Jones appears as a co-proprietor of Bowen & Co. in the 1868 Philadelphia directory.

Lavinia was an artist, lithographer and plate colorist in her own right, presumably working on her husband's hand-colored book plate projects, and later, natural history commissions including three folio bird books for Daniel Elliot and Henry Schoolcraft's "Indian Tribes of North American." John Cassin praised her skills as an artist in ornithology in the "Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences" (1858), and named a bird, the Calliste Lavinia, in her honor.Lavinia married John T. Bowen before 1838, the year their son, John T., was born in New York. From 1839 through the 1840s, they lived in Center City at 61 South Fifth Street and later 96 Walnut Street and by 1855, resided at 674 Green Street above Spring Garden Street. After John's death in 1856, Lavinia resided at 1020 Cherry Street until 1872.
Is part of
Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary of Lithographers
See Bowen, John T. and Cassin, John.
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Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary of Lithographers
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Census 1850
Groce & Wallace, 70-71
Last, 38-39
Pennsylvania, Vol. 11, p. 316, R.G. Dun & Co. Collection, microfilm, Hagley Museum & Library
Philadelphia Business & City Directories, 1838-1872 (intermittently)
Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, September 28, 1858, 178
WWWAA, 400
She´s also mentioned here.

Anything to add? Anyone?


PS. Not to confuse with the generic (synonym) Lavinia.
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Old Sunday 3rd December 2017, 20:16   #2
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"Lavinia Bowen, and Bowen's sister Patience Davis Leslie" worked on a butterfly book by William Henry Edwards. The Eponym Dictionary describes Lavinia as nee Davis.
"Lavinia (Lydia) Bowen (nee Davis) (1820–1888),. with the assistance of her sister, Patience Davis Leslie. (1826–1893)" From The Extraordinary Story of an Artistic and Scientific Masterpiece: The Butterflies of North America by William Henry Edwards. .
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