|Birth: ||1751, England|
John Abbot was an artist and naturalist. He came to Georgia in 1776 and in his later life lived with the McElveens in Bulloch County,GA. Some of his work went back to England but some can be found at the University of Georgia in Athens and some at Emory University in Atlanta. Also books and paintings are in libraries and archives in Massachusetts, Maryland,South Carolina, Great Britain, New Zealand, and elsewhere. In 1957 the Georgia Historical Society erected a marker at his grave in honor of this gifted naturalist.
John Abbot is one of the world's most famous wildlife painters. His work was so valued that the famed scientist Charles Darwin studied his paintings in London before setting on his explorations that led to his theory of evolution. John Abbot's books and paintings are in museums, archives, and libraries in Great Britain, New Zealand, the United States (Georgia, South Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, etc.), and elsewhere. Anyone who has heard of John Audubon has heard of John Abbot. In 1797 Abbot's drawings received increased attention in international naturalist and scientific circles due to the publication of The Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia by Sir. James Edward Smith. The two-volume work included one hundred and four hand-colored engravings of Abbot's paintings, along with Abbot's notes and observations, given in both French and English. Throughout his life, Abbot is credited with over five thousand watercolor sketches. Along with the publication of The Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia, Abbot's specimens and paintings are believed to have been utilized for a number of publications, including Johann Christian Fabricius's Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta (1792-1799), Thomas Martyn's Psyche (1797), Jacob Hübner's Sammlung Exotischer Schmetterlinge (1806-1838) and Zuträge zur Sammlung Exotischer Schmettlinge (1808-1837), William Swainson's Zoological Illustrations (1820-1821), Jean Baptiste Alphonse Boisduval and John Eatton Le Conte's Histoire Générale et Iconographie des Lépidoptères et des Chenilles de l'Amerique Septentrionale (1829-1837), Edward Doubleday's The Entomologist (1840), Charles Athanase and Baron Walckenaer's Histoire Naturelle des Insects: Aptères (1837-1847), and again in the 1836 volume of Herman August Hagen's Abbot's Handzeichnungen im Britischen Museum und die Neuroptera Georgiens.
Created by: Jan Deal Hendrix
Record added: Apr 02, 2001
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