at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
Birds, Bugs and Plants:
Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century
Birds, Bugs and Plants: Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century will explore the growth of interest in natural history during the period. With the settlement of the New World, many Englishmen and colonists were fascinated by the plants and animals that were native to the region. These gentlemen on both sides of the Atlantic exchanged specimens and ideas and sponsored the avid collecting and documenting of birds, bugs and plants. Gardens, carefully planned and laid out, furthered the studies and enjoyment both privately and publically. Beautiful watercolors, hand-colored prints and period books illustrate this story.
Opens February 21, 2015