Abbot, John, 1751-1840

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Birth 1751-06-01
Death 1840-12

Biographical notes:

John Abbot (1750-1840), naturalist and artist, collected, observed, drew insects, arachnids, and birds; native of England, moved to America in 1773 and Georgia in 1776.

From the description of John Abbot notebook, [ca. 1791]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 38476134

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.

From the description of John Abbot original watercolor drawings of birds of Georgia, 1819-1826?. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 434077871

Abbot was a scientific illustrator and naturalist. Born in England, he emigrated to Virginia and settled in Georgia.

From the description of Notes and drawings, 1766-1887 (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612374252

From the guide to the John Abbot notes and drawings, 1766-1887., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

"Naturalist and artist John Abbot advanced the knowledge of the flora and fauna of the South by sending superbly mounted specimens and exquisitely detailed illustrations of birds, insects, moths, and butterflies to collectors and scientists. An autobiography detailing his early life was discovered after his death, but little information exists about the nearly sixty-five years he spent in Georgia." - "John Abbot." New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 24, 2008.

From the description of John Abbot bird prints slide collection, undated. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 456086845

Naturalist and scientific illustrator.

Abbot was born in England, emigrated to Virginia, and settled in Georgia.

From the description of Letters, 1813-1836, to Henry Escher. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 173203719


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  • Insects
  • Georgia in art
  • Natural history illustration
  • Woodpeckers--Pictorial works
  • Hawks--Slides
  • Butterflies
  • Bird watchers
  • Acadian flycatcher--Pictorial works
  • Bald eagle--Pictorial works
  • Bald eagle--Slides
  • Owls--Pictorial works
  • Mergansers--Pictorial works
  • Owls--Slides
  • Savannah sparrow--Slides
  • Common grackle--Pictorial works
  • Carolina chickadee--Slides
  • Scientific illustration
  • Naturalists
  • Savannah sparrow--Pictorial works
  • Natural history
  • Birds--Pictorial works
  • Carolina chickadee--Pictorial works
  • Birds
  • Hawks--Pictorial works
  • Woodpeckers--Slides
  • Birds--Slides
  • Watercolor painting, American--Specimens


  • Naturalist
  • Natural history illustrators
  • Illustrator
  • Wildlife artists
  • Scientific illustrators


  • Georgia (as recorded)
  • Cambridge (Mass.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Georgia (as recorded)
  • Georgia (as recorded)