Mark Catesby’s Legacy: Natural History Then and Now
Mark Catesby’s Legacy answers a question every Catesby enthusiast must at some point ask: “What has become of the natural world Catesby so uniquely chronicled in the early 18th century?” This is a question that co-authors M.J. Brush and Alan H. Brush are qualified to address. Like Catesby, they have traveled throughout the Carolinas, Florida and Bahamas—primarily by sailboat—to describe and paint many of the plants and animals featured in Catesby’s magisterial work.
Alan Brush, Emeritus Professor of Physiology & Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut, provides an important historical perspective on the scientific discoveries made by Mark Catesby (1683-1749) three centuries ago. Professor Brush’s observations are complemented by the delicate, contemporary paintings of professional illustrator M.J. Brush which were inspired by Catesby’s own beautiful drawings of fauna and flora.