William Bartram was the son of the Quaker farmer and nurseryman John Bartram (1699-1777). Like his father, William became an excellent botanist and plant collector. A very skilled artist, many of his drawings illustrate the plants and animals in context, showing the inter-relationship and dependency between species.
This drawing is one of Bartram’s more extraordinary
and imaginative canvasses in the placement and disparity
of scale of the subjects. It manages to capture
one aspect of his view of nature as predatory and
consuming while maintaining a balanced beauty.