Mark Catesby

Mark Catesby (1683 – 1749) was an English naturalist. He studied natural history in London before going to live with his sister in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1712. Catesby had collected botanical seeds and specimens in Virginia, which he had sent to a Hoxton nurseryman, Thomas Fairchild. This made his name known to other scientists in England, and in 1722, Catesby was recommended to undertake a plant collecting expedition to Carolina on behalf of the Royal Society. Between 1729 and 1747, Catesby published his “Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas Islands,” the first published account on the flora and fauna of North America. It included 220 plates of birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, insects and mammals, as well as plants. Catesby was the first to use colored folio-sized plates in natural history books. He learned to engrave the plates himself. The first eight plates had no backgrounds, but Catesby included plants with his animals from then on. On March 5, 1747, Mark Catesby read a paper titled “Of birds of passage” at the Royal Society in London. He is now recognized as one of the first to describe the migration of birds.

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  • American Bison by Mark Catesby - Art Print

    American Bison by Mark Catesby – Art Print

  • Catfish & Viper by Mark Catesby - Art Print

    Catfish & Viper by Mark Catesby – Art Print

  • Java Hare by Mark Catesby - Art Print

    Java Hare by Mark Catesby – Art Print

  • Pennsylvana Lilly - Rhododenron by Mark Catesby - Art Print

    Pennsylvania Lilly – Rhododendron by Mark Catesby – Art Print

  • Whipoorwill by Mark Catesby - Art Print

    Whipoorwill by Mark Catesby – Art Print

  • Magnolia by Mark Catesby - Art Print

    Magnolia by Mark Catesby – Art Print

  • Bird of the Tropics by Mark Catesby - Art Print

    Bird of the Tropics by Mark Catesby – Art Print

  • Stuartia - Camellia by Mark Catesby - Art Print

    Stuartia – Camellia by Mark Catesby – Art Print

  • Partridge or American Coq by Mark Catesby - Art Print

    Partridge or American Coq by Mark Catesby – Art Print

  • Dung Eating Beetles by Mark Catesby - Art Print

    Dung Eating Beetles by Mark Catesby – Art Print

  • Large Cested Heron by Mark Catesby - Art Print

    Large Crested Heron by Mark Catesby – Art Print

  • Cashew Tree by Mark Catesby - Art Print

    Cashew Tree by Mark Catesby – Art Print

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