Abbot, John, 1751-1840

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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. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/

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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referencedIn Allen, Elsa Guerdrum. Elsa Guerdrum Allen papers, 1885-1976, 1885-1969 (bulk). Cornell University Library
creatorOf Abbot, John, 1751-1840. John Abbot original watercolor drawings of birds of Georgia, 1819-1826?. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
creatorOf Abbot, John, 1751-1840. John Abbot bird prints slide collection, undated. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Museum of Comparative Zoology collection of historical manuscripts, 1736-1908 (inclusive), 1810-1870 (bulk). Harvard University, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology
referencedIn Entomological drawings, n.d., n.d. American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Le Conte, John Eatton, 1784-1860. Entomological drawings, n.d. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Abbot, John, 1751-1840. John Abbot notebook, [ca. 1791]. Georgia Newspaper Project
creatorOf Abbot, John, 1751-1840. Notes and drawings, 1766-1887 Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Abbot, John, 1751-1840. John Abbot : [vertical file]. Morris Museum of Art Library
referencedIn Bassett, Anna Stowell, died circa 1954. Anna Stowell Bassett collection on John Abbot, 1771-1938 Georgia Historical Society
creatorOf John Abbot notes and drawings, 1766-1887. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Elsa Guerdrum Allen papers, 1885-1976, 1885-1969 (bulk) Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Abbot, John, d. 1843. Letters : to Samuel Griffin, 1790-1793. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf John Abbot letter, 1834 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Abbot, John, 1751-1840. Letters, 1813-1836, to Henry Escher. Cornell University Library
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associatedWith Abbot, John, fl. 1797 person
associatedWith Allen, Elsa Guerdrum. person
associatedWith Bassett, Anna Stowell, died circa 1954. person
associatedWith Escher, Henry. person
associatedWith Gray, Asa, 1810-1888. person
associatedWith Griffin, Samuel, b. 1762? person
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Le Conte, John Eatton, 1784-1860. person
associatedWith Samuel H. Scudder. person
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Georgia
Cambridge (Mass.)
United States
Georgia
Georgia
Subject
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
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Naturalist
Natural history illustrators
Illustrator
Wildlife artists
Scientific illustrators
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Birth 1751-06-01

Death 1840-12

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English

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