Sunday, 30 September, 2012
This film documents the life and work of Mark Catesby (1683-1749), the 18th century naturalist, scientist, and artist, on his exploration of the New World. To commemorate Catesby's arrival in the New World 300 years ago, the Frank H. McClung Museum will exhibit 52 of his prints beginning September 21st and will show this acclaimed 53 minute film by Cynthia Neal and David Elliot.
In February 1722, Mark Catesby, a 40-year old Englishman with an enigmatic past and an insatiable curiosity for the wondrous serendipity of nature, set sail on a three-month voyage to the Lowcountry of South Carolina. His sojourn in the New World was taken under the auspices of London's Royal Society. Catesby was to spend the next four years exploring the natural habitat of the southeast colonies and the Bahamas, and the subsequent 20 years writing and illustrating his exhaustive two-volume Natural History of Carolina, Florida and The Bahama Islands.