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JOHN ABBOT: Birds, Butterflies and Other Wonders - Product Details

JOHN ABBOT: Birds, Butterflies and Other Wonders
by Pamela Gilbert

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1998, 128 pages, 60 color plates, 29 b/w illustrations. John Abbot (1751-1840)* was one of the earliest artist-naturalists to study the insect and bird life of North America. His exquisite, carefully detailed illustrations of insects and birds enabled scientists to accurately classify New World plants and animals. This attractive book features a collection of 60 paintings along with Abbot's notes about each specimen. Paintings of butterflies and moths include the host or nectar plant. Many of the species depicted in these paintings were extinct within forty years of Abbot's death; others are now rare or endangered.

The interesting and well-written text provides a summary of Abbot's life and activities both as a painter and as a highly skilled and knowledgeable collector, including letters and other documents.

The book was published in association with the Natural History Museum, London. It is printed on heavy, cream color paper; clothbound; 9-1/2 x 12".

* John Abbot left England in 1773 and spent the rest of his life in Virginia and Georgia, collecting and painting natural history specimens for clients in England, Europe and North America. His output was prolific (about 4000 paintings) and his observations were keen, yet his work has not been widely appreciated. By contrast, Abbot's contemporaries John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson are well known, although Abbot painted many of Audubon's birds long before Audubon began work, and it was Abbot who took Wilson collecting.

9577 * Gilbert, John Abbot: Birds, Butterflies & Other Wonders

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