Artists Represented in the Smithsonian Catalog of Botanical Illustrations

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Marie L. Solt (1925-1978) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and reared in Northampton, Pennsylvania. She received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and in 1954 a doctoral degree from Columbia University, New York, New York. Dr. Solt became an authority on the biosynthesis of alkaloids (nicotine). After moving to the Washington, D.C. area in 1960, she worked under contract for several government agencies; preparing bibliographies of Papaver and coca (Erythroxylum) for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and conducting cytological studies of Brassicaceae, Melastomataceae, and Poaceae for the Smithsonian Institution. She prepared line-drawings of Melastomataceae for her husband, John J. Wurdack (b. 1921), many of which were used to illustrate his treatment of the family for the Flora de Venezuela (1973).

Dr. Solt died at her home in Beltsville, Maryland on 30 December 1978.

Examples of illustrations by Marie L. Solt in our catalog.
Topobea ferruginea
Nepsera aquatica
Necramium gigantophyllum
View all illustrations in the catalog by Marie L. Solt.