Arts Daily / Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas

Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston presents Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas May 12 – September 24. Featuring the British Royal Collection, this exhibition explores the incredible life and work of Mark Catesby, the English artist, scientist and explorer who spent four years documenting the natural habitats of the Carolinas, Florida and the Bahamas. In 1722, Catesby arrived in Charleston and traveled throughout South Carolina and beyond documenting birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, insects and mammals indigenous to the American colonies. The exhibition marks the first showing of Catesby’s original watercolors in Charleston, and only the second time his watercolors have been on view in the United States. The exhibition features 44 paintings on loan from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.