John Abbot original watercolor drawings of birds of Georgia

John Abbot original watercolor drawings of birds of Georgia

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Abbot, John, 1751-1840
Title: John Abbot original watercolor drawings of birds of Georgia
Dates: approximately 1819-1826
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 oversized folder A)
Coll. Number: ms2970

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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).


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Acadian flycatcher--Pictorial works.
Birds--Pictorial works.
Common grackle--Pictorial works.
Mergansers--Pictorial works.
Watercolor painting, American--Georgia--Specimens.
Watercolors (paintings).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Abbot original watercolor drawings of birds of Georgia. MS 2970. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: John Abbot bird notebook, [ca. 1791]

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

OS Folder
1AAcadian Flycatcher
Purple Grakle
Crested Merganser