|Creator:||Abbot, John, 1751-1840|
|Title:||John Abbot original watercolor drawings of birds of Georgia|
|Quantity:||0.1 Linear feet (1 oversized folder A)|
John Abbot (1757-ca. 1840) was born in London in 1751, the son of a lawyer who encouraged his early interest and talent for natural history, and who arranged for him to study drawing, perspective, and engraving under Jacob Bonneau. Abbot owned copies of the ornithologies of Mark Catesby and George Edwards, and visited the latter at least once. After a brief term clerking in his father's office, Abbot emigrated to Virginia in 1773, removing to Georgia the following year. For the rest of his life, Abbot lived in Georgia (moving among Burke, Chatham, Screven, and Bulloch counties) and devoted himself to illustrating the animal and plant life of that state. In his long career, Abbot is estimated to have completed over five thousand watercolor drawings of the flora and fauna of Georgia, but very few have been published or otherwise reproduced; and the majority of his few published drawings depict butterflies, moths, and insects, rather than birds. --- Sotheby's Catalog, December 12, 1995.
The collection consists of three watercolor drawings by John Abbot. The drawings are "Purple Grakle" (Common Grackle; Quiscalus quicula); "Green Flycatcher" (Acadian Flycatcher; Empidonax virescens) with "American peacock butterfly"; "Crested Merganser" (Hooded Merganser; Lophodytes cucullatus).
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John Abbot original watercolor drawings of birds of Georgia. MS 2970. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: John Abbot bird notebook, [ca. 1791]