Early Nature Artists in Florida: Audubon and His Fellow Explorers

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Florida’s amazing landscapes and fascinating wildlife were sources of inspiration for early naturalists seeking new horizons. Among them was John James Audubon. Elegant herons, acrobatic terns, endearing pelicans and colorful roseate spoonbills all feature among his beloved artwork. But Audubon was not the first nature artist inspired by Florida. Mark Catesby, an English country squire turned adventurer, helped introduce the wonders of Florida to a European audience in the 1700s. And William Bartram, a Pennsylvania Quaker, traveled south to explore the Florida wilderness, where he canoed across a lake full of alligators and lived to sketch the creatures. Author Chris Fasolino shares the stories of these artistic expeditions in a collection replete with gorgeous artwork that includes high-definition images of Audubon’s rarely seen original paintings.
ISBN: 9781467150323
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Images: 64
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Chris Fasolino lives on Florida’s Treasure Coast. He teaches art history at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, and he is a writer for Vero Beach magazine. He has written historical features, travel pieces and serialized mysteries. He has also written a historical adventure novel, titled Men of Promise, about an eighteenth-century voyage of exploration.
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