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Mark Catesby's Natural History of America: Watercolours from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle
     

Mark Catesby's Natural History of America: Watercolours from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle

by Henrietta McBurney
 

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Library Journal
McBurney, deputy curator of the Print Room at the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, presents new research on the watercolors of Mark Catesby (1682-1749), a British artist and naturalist. His Natural History (1729-49) was the first comprehensive study of the flora and fauna of the eastern coast of North America. Published here for the first time are the original watercolors, having undergone recent conservation; from these watercolors Catesby prepared the etchings that illustrated his published volumes. McBurney gives a historical introduction to the Windsor volumes, followed by a note on the natural history albums of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), a Catesby patron. She then presents the catalog, which is accompanying an exhibition of selected watercolors in the United States and Britain. Each plate includes quotations drawn from Catesby's Natural History text, artist's name, titles of drawings, modern common and scientific names, and numbering and colors. McBurney's scholarship makes this handsome book an invaluable source for all fine arts/natural history collections in public and academic libraries as well as special collections. Highly recommended.Daniel Kalk, Enfield, Ct.
Booknews
The "Natural History", the life work of the English naturalist and artist Mark Catesby (1682-1749), the most important precursor of Audubon, was the first comprehensive study of the flora and fauna of the eastern seaboard of North America. Published here for the first time are the original watercolors from which Catesby prepared the etchings which accompanied his published volumes, along with introductory essays and explanatory notes. This volume was prepared as a catalogue and companion to the exhibition (organized by the Royal Library, Windsor Castle and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) which will travel in the US and England during 1997 through 1999. Distributed by U. of Washington Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9781858940380
Publisher:
Merrell Publishers, LTD
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.45(w) x 11.79(h) x 0.99(d)

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