Empire's Nature: Mark Catesby's New World Vision


Original essays examine the broad influence of Mark Catesby—England's explorer artist—on the devlopment of natural history, art, and scientific observation in the 18th-century.

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Original essays examine the broad influence of Mark Catesby—England's explorer artist—on the devlopment of natural history, art, and scientific observation in the 18th-century.

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Editorial Reviews

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This book will find an important place in any library.

William and Mary Quarterly

A useful addition to libraries of readers with a particular interest in the history of colonial or eighteenth-century British science or art.

Journal of Southern History

A handsomely illustrated collection of essays .

Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

A thoughtful and sometimes provocative reexamination of Mark Catesby's roles in British natural history during the early eighteenth century.

North Carolina Historical Review

A wonderful book, a meticulous tracing of Catesby's sumptuous welding of botany and zoology into eighteenth-century natural history.

John R. Stilgoe, Harvard University

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Meet the Author

Amy R. W. Meyers is curator of American art at The Henry E. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.

Margaret Beck Pritchard is curator of prints, maps, and wallpaper at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Chronology of Mark Catesby
Introduction: Toward an understanding of Catesby 1
Mark Catesby, a Skeptical Newtonian in America 34
Mark Catesby and the Patronage of Natural History in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century 91
Mark Catesby and the Culture of Gardens 147
From Callicarpa to Catalpa: The impact of Mark Catesby's Plant Introductions on English Gardens of the Eighteenth Century 184
Picturing a World in Flux: Mark Catesby's Response to
Environmental Interchange and Colonial Expansion 228
Index 263
Notes on the Contributors 273
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