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Painted Bunting

Artist/Maker:
Abbot, John
Place Made:
Burke County Georgia United States of America
Date Made:
1792-1805
Medium:
watercolor –graphite –paper
Dimensions:
Frame:
HOA: 19″
WOA: 16 1/2″

Page:
HOA: 11″
WOA: 8 3/4″

Accession Number:
5503.4
Description:
John Abbot (1751-1839) was born in London, came to Georgia in 1776, and spent the remaining six decades of his life recording the flora and fauna along the Savannah River. Only a few hundred of Abbot’s more than 5,000 watercolors were ever published, most notably as illustrations for The Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia, published in 1797. This image of a Painted Bunting was purchased from Abbot in 1805 for the collection of Chetham’s Library in Manchester, England.

DESCRIPTION: Watercolor of a bird perched on a branch of a tree within a landscape setting; the bird is central to the page and is brightly colored with blue, yellow, red, brown and black; green foliage covers the tree and land below; to the lower right is a single blue flower and to the left is a single red flower; all set against a white background; written at the bottom center of the page is the number “116”.

History:
Purchased from the artist in 1805 for the collection of Chetham’s Library in Manchester, England.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase fund