Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina
May 12-September 24, 2017
Now on view at the Gibbes Museum of Art, this exhibition explores the incredible life and work of Mark Catesby, the pioneering English artist, scientist, and explorer. In 1722, Catesby arrived in Charleston and traveled throughout South Carolina and beyond documenting birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, insects, and mammals indigenous to the American colonies. This sojourn resulted in a series of watercolors that documented the natural habitats of the Carolinas, Florida, and the Bahamas, and ultimately resulted in the first major work on the botanical and animal life of North America, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. The presentation marks the first showing of Catesby’s original watercolors in Charleston, and only the second time his watercolors have been on view in the United States. The presentation features 44 paintings on loan from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from the British Royal Collection.