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 John Bartram  (1699 - 1777)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: architectural and botanical drawing

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Although known primarily as a botanist, John Bartram did a drawing of William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia, and this drawing, first published in 1740, has been reproduced many times.

Bartram was the royal botanist for King George III to North America beginning 1765, and he lived in Philadelphia on the west bank of the Schuylkill River. The site has been attracting visitors since the middle of the 18th century when this Quaker farmer began collecting and propagating a wide array of ornamental and medicinal plants there. For his work of supplying plant material and other natural history specimens to the Royal Court, he received 50 pounds a year. He also supplied the English artist-naturalist Mark Catesby (1679-1749) with insects, birds and plants, which were in turn depicted by Catesby in his classic two-volume work, "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands". Bartram received one of the first copies of Catesby's book, meaning it was the first one in North America.

The son of John Bartram was William Bartram, who became a famous artist-naturalist.

Robert McCracken Peck, 'Bartram's Garden: Seedbed for Two Centuries of Wildlife Art', "Joel Oppenheimer" 35th Anniversary Catalogue, 2004, of the Natural Art Gallery, p. 3
Grove and Wallace, "Dictionary of Artists in America"

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