Research - Clarence Bicknell in the Alpes Maritimes : landscape and botany

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Clarence Bicknell (1842-1918) dans les Alpes Maritimes : Entre Paysage et Botanique

Clarence Bicknell (1842-1918) in the Alpes Maritimes : The mountain landscape and extraordinary botany

By Raffaella Bruzzone, Robert Hearn, Pietro Piana

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We are pleased to be able to publish here an interesting paper from three of Clarence Bicknell's admirers; Raffaella Bruzzone, Robert Hearn, Pietro Piana have all researched Clarence's role in Liguria and the maritime alps, they have visited and inspected the albums and original material in the Bicknell Family Collection in the UK and have become good friends of the Bicknell family.

"This paper is about the figure and the scientific and artistic production of Clarence Bicknell, a British amateur botanist and archaeologist who lived between the Ligurian riviera and the Maritime alps for most of his life. Thanks to his works concerning botany and landscape (held between Italy and the UK) we can investigate into the historical geography and the landscape history of the area.

"Keywords: Clarence Bicknell, geohistory, riviera, Maritime alps, botany, topographical art"

This paper was completed between 2017 and 2019 and is published in French. It was presented in an early form at the 12th October 2016 conference in Toulouse on Environmental Geo-history and Landscapes, a report of which, Géohistoire de l'Environnement et des Paysages by Philippe Valette and Jean-Michel Carozza is available at
(Les préoccupations environnementales et paysagères se positionnent au cœur des questions sociétales actuelles. Focalisés sur les futurs possibles et la prospective, de nombreux travaux scientifiques sous-estiment l’enracinement de ces problématiques dans le temps long des dynamiques sociales et naturelles.)

Dr Raffaella Bruzzone is Research Associate in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham, UK. She has been Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences, Nottingham University, now writing a thesis on the methodology of research in Liguria and the Merveilles, from the angle of an Earth Scientist. She graduated from Genoa University, Italy and wrote her PhD on Ligurian botanical history, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.. Her full CV is at

Robert Hearn is a researcher and university lecturer specialising in Environmental History. Upon completion of his PhD, h held a two-year position as the Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow at the Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy. Since August 2016, he has been an Assistant Professor in Cultural and Historical Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK. Robert Hearn’s CV is at

Pietro Piana is Research Assistant at the School of Geography, University of Nottingham. He is currently working on a Leverhulme Project on British Amateur Topographical Art and Landscape in NW Italy, 1835-1915. He is co-author of Travelling in Italy during Turner’s Lifetime Pietro Piana’s CV is at


Copyright 2019 Raffaella Bruzzone, Robert Hearn, Pietro Piana

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