Obituary The Times 6 June 1905
Mrs. EMMA HUBBARD, whose death was announced in The Times of Saturday, was left in 1870 the widow of John Waddington Hubbard, M.R.C.S., by whom she leaves two sons and a daughter. Mrs. Hubbard was the younger daughter of the Red. Arthur Benoni Evans, D.D., of Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, and was born in September, 1828. Her elder sister, Anne Evans, was well known as a poet and musician, and her brothers, Sir John Evans, K.C.B., and Sebastian Evans, LL.D., have achieved for themselves some position in the world of science and literature. Mrs. Hubbard was a not infrequent correspondent of Nature and other scientific periodicals, more particularly on the subject of birds and their ways, and several of her poems, either with or without her name, have appeared in Longman’s Magazine and elsewhere. She was also an artist of considerable power, and her delineations of some of our rarer insects, drawn from the life, are remarkable for the knowledge they indicate of insect habits and attitudes, as well as for their scrupulous anatomical accuracy. Her principal pictorial work, however, consists of a series of watercolour sketches in Kew Gardens, for many years one of her favourite haunts. These drawings, remarkable not only for their artistic merit, but as an historical record of the garden woodlands at the beginning of the 20th century, may, it is hoped, like those of Miss North, find a permanent and appropriate home in one of the museums in the gardens themselves. In the more laborious and far less generally appreciated art of indexing scientific works Mrs Hubbard was exceptionally successful. Among other standard works Sir Michael Foster’s “Physiology” and her brother’s “Ancient Stone Implements” owe no small measure of their practical value for the student to the admirable indexes she complied for them. The wide range of reading, however, and the power of co-ordinating its results, which so well qualified her for tasks of this kind, necessarily appealed almost exclusively to the specialist. Among her personal friends she will be best remembered not so much by her intellectual gifts as by “genius for friendship” which was her most distinctive characteristic.