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Mark Catesby (1682-1749)

Red-legged thrush and gumbo limbo tree 1722-6

RCIN 924843

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According to Catesby’s account of his working practices, his studies were made from the life: ‘In designing the Plants, I always did them while fresh and just gathered: And the Animals, particularly the Birds, I painted them while alive (except a very few) and gave them their Gestures peculiar to every kind of Bird’.