Alexander Wilson: Father of American Ornithology
Soon after his arrival from Scotland, Alexander Wilson, with few advantages and little else but a drive to better himself, fixed on the idea of producing the first comprehensive record of American birds. He recorded his impressions of America’s birds through drawings, prose and poetry, and in little more than seven years, published an important work of early American natural history.
October 8, 2010-January 6, 2011
At the Museum in the John and Peggy Maximus Gallery
Not an artist by training or talent his drawings have an honest and natural realism. Individual essays on 293 birds were accompanied by 76 hand colored plates.