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Name Catesby, Mark
Life Dates 1682-1749
Nationality English
Geographic location(s) Essex, England
London, England
Williamsburg, Virginia
Occupation Naturalist
Printmaker
Notes Travel and exploration increased dramatically in the 1700s, and with it came an increase in scientific knowledge and the need for accurate illustrations of the plants and animals observed and recovered from around the world. Between 1731 and 1747, Mark Catesby published The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, containing the earliest color prints of American flora and fauna.
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Associated Records

Image of Nature Print Collection - 2014.14.1

Nature Print Collection - 2014.14.1

"White Crown'd Pigeon [(Patagioenas leucocephala (Linnaeus) – white-crowned pigeon; Chrysobalanus icaco L. – coco plum)]," hand-colored engraving, Plate T25 from "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands," Volume I, by Mark Catesby. Published in London, 1730.

Image of Nature Print Collection - 2015.2.1

Nature Print Collection - 2015.2.1

"Alligator [Alligator mississippiensis (Daudin) – American alligator; Rhizophora mangle L. – red mangrove, mangrove-tree], hand-colored engraving, Plate T63 from "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands," Volume II, by Mark Catesby. Published in London, 1738.

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Nature Print Collection - 2015.2.2

"Great Horned Caterpillar [Citheronia regalis (Fabricius) – horned devils caterpillar; Coccoloba diversifolia Jacq. – pigeon-plum], hand-colored engraving, Plate T94 from "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands, Volume 2, by Mark Catesby. Published in London, 1743.

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Nature Print Collection - 2015.2.3

"Butterfly [Papilio glaucus (Linnaeus) – tiger swallowtail; Ptelea trifoliata L. – common hoptree, hop-tree]," hand-colored engraving, Plate T83 from "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands, Volume 2, by Mark Catesby. Published in London, 1743.

Image of Nature Print Collection - 2015.16.1

Nature Print Collection - 2015.16.1

"The Pigeon Hawk," hand-colored engraving, Plate 3 from "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands," Vol. I, first edition, by Mark Catesby. Published in London, 1731-43

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Nature Print Collection - 2015.17.1

"The Turtle of Carolina," hand-colored engraving, Plate 24 from "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands," Vol. I, first edition, by Mark Catesby. Published in London, 1731-43