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Pioneers of Natural History Course


Pioneers of Natural History Illustration:

Exploring the Oak Spring Garden Library collection through the work of Maria Sibylla Merian and Mark Catesby

 A Project-based Course at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation – 10th June to 19th June 2020

Eight participants will receive instruction in techniques and approaches for working with historical natural history materials and will also develop their own research projects using the OSGF collections. Taking as a point of departure the work of pioneer artist naturalists Maria Sibylla Merian (German, 1647-1717) and Mark Catesby (English, 1683-1749), participants will study the rich resources in the collections developed by Rachel Lambert Mellon at the Oak Spring Garden Library, as case studies for conceiving and developing their own projects based on the OSGF collections.