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John Abbot
Sphinx Moth
France, 1800. This is an original watercolor after the observations and specimens of John Abbot. The manuscript was entitled Histoire naturelle des lepidopteres les plus rares de Georgie d'apres les observations de M. Jean Abbot. Imprime a Londres en 1797. The watercolors were completed in France between 1800 and 1830. Each watercolor is on woven, watermarked paper.Between 1829 and 1837, interest in Abbot in France was greatly elevated due to the publication of a new work based on Abbot watercolours commissioned by lepidopterist Jean Baptiste Boisduval and John Eatton LeConte. It would seem possible that this album was related in some way to lepidopterist Jean Baptiste Boisduval.John Abbot was one of the most important and prolific of the early American natural history artists. He was passionate about natural history from an early age, and his family's wealth gave him personal access to Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands as well as George Edwards's Natural History of Uncommon Birds and Gleanings of Natural History. The Royal Society of London, Thomas Martyn, and Dru Drury sponsored his sailing to Virginia in 1773 where he would collect and draw local insects for the next two years before settling in Georgia. He sent specimens and drawings to Europe until at least 1835, though a significant portion were lost at sea. Abbot published the first printed work devoted to American entomology with the support of Sir James Edward Smith, co-founder of the Linnaean Society of London. William Swainson described Abbot as one of the United States' m … [Click Below for Full Description]
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