Bolton was born in West Yorkshire, England and was the son of a weaver. He was a self-taught botanist, artist and engraver. His brother Thomas Bolton (1722-1778) was also a naturalist. James Bolton was highly successful as a mycologist and author of several botanical books including the first British book on fungi. James and Thomas Bolton were both sponsored by the art and natural history collector Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland (1715-1785).
'Painted Iris and Summer Snowdrop'
'Painted Iris and Summer Snowdrop'
'Monier's Passion Flower'
'Monier's Passion Flower'
'Blush Provence rose'
'Blush Provence rose'
'Bignonia echinata, Hedge-hog Trumpet Flower'
'Bignonia echinata, Hedge-hog Trumpet Flower'
'Jacobean Lily'
'Jacobean Lily'
'Striped or premestine rose'
'Striped or premestine rose'
'Scarlet Martagon, Cluster Snowdrop, Purple Fritillaria'
'Scarlet Martagon, Cluster Snowdrop, Purple Fritillaria'
'Erythronium Dens-canis'
'Erythronium Dens-canis'
'Rose'
'Rose'
'Dionaea muscipula, Venus Fly-Trap'
'Dionaea muscipula, Venus Fly-Trap'
'Fuchsia coccinea'
'Fuchsia coccinea'
'Stewartia malecodendron'
'Stewartia malecodendron'