The Curious Mister Catesby


In 1712, English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. After a seven-year stay, he returned to England with paintings of plants and animals he had studied. They sufficiently impressed other naturalists that in 1722 several Fellows of the Royal Society sponsored his return to North America. There Catesby cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches. Resources include both volumes of the original book published in 1731. The books contain all his original art work of plant and wildlife specimens completed during his journeys.

  • The Curious Mister Catesby

    (00:55:28) In 1712, English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. After a seven-year stay, he returned to England with paintings of plants and animals he had studied. They sufficiently impressed other naturalists that in 1722 several Fellows of the Royal Society sponsored his return to North America. There Catesby cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches. Resources includes both volumes of the original book published in 1731. The books contain all his original art work of plant and wildlife specimens completed during his journeys.

    Grades: 3-12
  • Mark Catesby Explores New Worlds

    [00:29:37] Shorter edited version provided by the Catesby Commemorative Trust. In 1712, English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. After a seven-year stay, he returned to England with paintings of plants and animals he had studied. They sufficiently impressed other naturalists that in 1722 several Fellows of the Royal Society sponsored his return to North America. There Catesby cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches.

    Grades: 3-12
  • The Adventures of Mark Catesby: The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands

    [376 pages] In 1712, English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. After a seven-year stay, he returned to England with paintings of plants and animals he had studied. They sufficiently impressed other naturalists that in 1722 several Fellows of the Royal Society sponsored his return to North America. There Catesby cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches. Resources includes both volumes of the original book published in 1731. The books contain all his original art work of plant and wildlife specimens completed during his journeys.

    Grades: 3-12
  • The Adventures of Mark Catesby: Unknown Explorer of The New World

    [00:02:51] Overview of naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. Catesby cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches.

    Grades: 3-12
  • "Honored Sir": Mark Catesby's Letters from Carolina, 1722–1725

    This article, by E. Charles Nelson, was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Carologue, the South Carolina Historical Society's quarterly general-interest magazine. Based on letters housed at the Royal Society and other London repositories, it presents new scholarship on Mark Catesby’s time in South Carolina. 

    The article includes Catesby's etching of a red-headed woodpecker with a water oak and partridgeberry, a photo of Catesby's signed 1703 edition of Aesop’s Fables, a close-up view of Herman Moll's Map of the Province of Carolina (with box showing approximate location of Fort Moore), and Catesby's etching of a rattlesnake. [Digital realization of original Catesby etchings by Lucie Hey and Nigel Frith, DRPG England, courtesy of the Royal Society; Aesop's Fables courtesy of Thomas Schreck; Moll map from the SCHS collections.]

    Nelson, Dr. E. Charles. “'Honored Sir': Mark Catesby’s Letters from Carolina, 1722-1725,” Carologue (Spring 2017): 18-23.

    Grades: 3-12