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Representations of the Natural World from the Age of Sail: Mark Catesby, Sydney Parkinson, and John James Audubon
In 1712, Botanist Mark Catesby traveled to Virginia with his sister and stayed for seven years collecting seeds and specimens, beginning a decades-long journey towards publication of The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands (1731-1743). In 1768, botanical draughtsman Sydney Parkinson joined Captain Cook’s voyage to the Islands of Tahiti, in the employment of naturalist Joseph Banks. Although he died on the voyage, plates made from his sketches were preserved in the British Museum. In 1819, businessman John James Audubon was bankrupted by a national financial crisis and set out on an expedition down the Mississippi River to pursue his dream of documenting America’s avian life, ultimately leading to The Birds of America (1827-1838). Join this session for a glimpse at some of the great natural history books emerging from the 18th and 19th centuries, and of the artists and publishers behind them.
Event Type : Study Groups      
Category : History and Culture
Date(s) : 03/24/2021
Day of Week : Wednesday
Time : 10:00-11:00am
Location : Online
Instructor : McLoone Juli
Fee : $10.00
Event Status : COMPLETED