Elephant beetle by Abbot

John Abbot (1751-1840)
Elephant beetle (Dynastes tityus), 1792.
Watercolour on paper, 231 x 168 mm.


John Abbot is best known as a one of the earliest Europeans to record the natural history of North America. Born in London, he earned a modest income by selling insect specimens and painting insects on commission. In 1773, he departed England for America. Once settled in Georgia, his artistic output became prolific. Many of his drawings still survive today in both the United States and Great Britain.

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