MARK CATESBY

Mark Catesby was born April 3, 1683 and was baptized in Castle Hedingtham, Essex. Catesby studied natural history in London before coming to Virginia in 1712.

Mark Catesby was an early naturalist from London who made two trips to America, once in 1712 and then later in 1722.  While in America he traveled extensively throughout the low country, including Kiawah Island.  He then took the specimens he collected back to England to begin his watercolors.  He was later elected a member of the Royal society of London due to his two volume work “The Natural History of Carolinas, Florida and the Bahama Islands”

Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida and The Bahamas was the first natural history of American flora and fauna. First issued between 1731 and 1743, this work would eventually include 220 prints, which for the first time systematically illustrated American birds, animals, and plants. It was not only the first fully-illustrated natural history of North America, preceding Audubon, but also a major contribution to both art and science.

Despite his broad body of work, Catesby had few publications which include, “The Natural History of the Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas Islands”. Catesby is considered one of the greatest naturalists of the eighteenth-century. Recently the film “The Curious Mr. Catesby” was previewed on Kiawah Island for the first time in the United States. The film is about the hand-colored drawing and watercolors of Mark Catesby and his studies in the Lowcountry. The Wells Gallery at the Sanctuary had a great opportunity to offer a diverse selection of the reproductions from Catesby’s original work. These unique prints were created by Alecto Historical Editions.  The editions are limited to fifty complete sets, numbered 1/50 through 50/50, only 10 in each set released for public sale.

 

The Bald Eagle,
The Fishing Hawk
The Little Hawk
The Pigeon Hawk
The Swallow Tail Hawk
The Yellow Belly'd Woodpecker and the Smallest Spotted Woodpecker
The Red Bellied Woodpecker and the Hairy Woodpecker
The Red Headed Woodpecker and the Water Oak-
The Goldwinged Woodpecker and the Chesnut Oak
The Largest Red Crested Woodpecker
The Large - Lark
The Lark and the Titlark
The Little Thrush
The Fox Coloured Thrush
The Mock Bird and the Dogwood Tree
The Red Legg'd Thrush
The Turtle of Carolina
The Largest White Bill Woodpecker
The Red Wing'd Starling
The Rice Bird
The Cuckow of Carolina and the Chinkapin
The Goat Sucker of Carolina
The Little Owl
The Attamusco Lily and Vespa
The Bastard Baltimore and the Catalpa Tree
The Finch Creeper and Frutex
The Hooded Titmouse and the Water Tupelo
The Humming Bird and the Trumpet Flower
The Little Black Bulfinch and the Fringe Tree
The Red Start and the Black Walnut
The Yellow and Black Pye
The Yellow Titmouse and the Red Bay
The Baltimore Bird and the Tulip Tree
The Blue Bird and Smilax Spinosa
The Crested Fly Catcher and Blackcap Fly Catcher
The Little Brown Fly Catcher and the Red Eye'd Fly Catcher
The Pine Creeper and the Yellow Throated Creeper
The Purple Martin
The Yellow Breasted Chat
The American Goldfinch
The Blue Grossbeak and the Sweet flowering Bay
The Cat Bird
The Purple Finch , The Snow Bird, and the Tupelo Tree
The Red Bird
The Turn Stone or Sea Dottrel
The Chattering Plover
The King Fisher
The Flamingo
The Whooping Crane
The Booby
The Largest Crested Heron
The Brown Bittern
The Crested Bittern
The Small Bittern
The Wood Pelican
The Brown Curlew
The Red Curlew
The White Curlew
The Cut Water
The Laughing Gull
The Oyster Catcher
The Blue Wing Teal
The Bluewing Shoveler
The Buffel's Head Duck
The Little Brown Duck
The Pied Bill Dopchick
The Round Crested Duck
The Summer Duck
The White Face Teal
The Angel Fish
The Bahama Unicorn
The Cat Fish
The Fresh Water Perch
The Great Hog Fish
The Land Crab
The Parrot Fish
The Porgy
The Sole
The Tang
The Blue Fish
The Bone Fish
The Carolina Whiting
The Flying Fish
The Lane Snapper
The Mullet
The Negro Fish and the Black Tail
The Old Wife
The Pork Fish
The Rock Fish
The Rudder Fish
The Schoolmaster and Alburnus Minor
The Skipjack
The Squirrel
The Yellow Fish
The Croker
The Green Turtle
The Hawksbill Turtle
The Loggerhead Turtle
Titaokeratophyton Ramocissimum
The Bluetail Lizard, The Green Lizard, and the Lizard of Jamaica
The Bull Frog
The Green Tree Frog and the Scunk Weed
The Land Frog and Sarracena foliss Longioribus
The Land Frog, The Water Frog, and the Green Tree Frog
The Water Frog
The Green Lizard of Carolina
The Flying Squirrel
The Gray Fox
The Gray Fox Squirrel
The Ground Squirrel
The Black Squirrel
Magnolia Flore Albo
Acacia
Anona Fructus
Anona Maxima and the Largest Carolina Moth
Chamaedaphne
Lilium Angustifolium
Martagon Canadense
Meadia
Phalaena Fusca and the Great Moth
Pigeon Plum
Plumeria Flore Niveo
Plumeria Flore Roseo
Steuartia
The Balsam Tree
The Cushew Tree
The Maho Tree
Viscum Radice Bulbosa and Papillio
Papilio
Philadelphus, Smilax and the Four Ey'd Night Butterfly
Bigonia Americana
The Umbrella Tree
The Indian Pink
Michaux Lily
The Lady's Slipper
The Laurel Tree of Carolina
The Yellow Lady's Slipper
The Purple Bind Weed of Carolina
The Sassafras
SoldThe Blue Jay and the Bay Leaved Smilax
SoldThe Parrot of Carolina
SoldThe Painted Finch and the Loblolly Bay
SoldThe Blue Heron