Sixty-two years before William Bartram stood at the edge of the Great Alachua Savanna and looked out on his level green plain, Mark Catesby embarked on his own journey of discovery. The result of his efforts was 263 watercolors and drawings which, along with field notes and hundreds of preserved specimens, constituted one of the earliest and certainly one of the most comprehensive systematic studies of the flora and fauna of southeastern North America. In this lecture, the objective is to draw parallels between William Bartram and his predecessor, Mark Catesby, and to establish an historical and cultural context for understanding and appreciating their work.
Part of a seven (7) event series.
Support for the Speaker Series is provided by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
Full price admission to each talk is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 (member discounts available).