image catesbyrs vol295
Image number: RS.18839
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Manchineel tree, smooth leechbush and Spanish festoons

Date

1731

Creator

Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

18894

Material

Technique

Subject

Content object

nature
   > plant
      > fruit
nature
   > plant
      > flower

Description

Botanical study of two plant specimens: the manchineel tree, Hippomane mancinella, showing leaves and fruit; and the smooth leechbush, Dendropemon purpureus, showing leaves and flowers. Above, two Spanish festoon butterflies, Zerynthia rumina, as seen from above and in left profile.

Plate 95 from volume II of Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1731).

Mark Catesby (1683-1749), British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, Catesby recorded the earliest western scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the ‘New World’. He was the first naturalist to use folio-sized colour plates in a natural history book, and etched the copper plates himself before hand-colouring each individual print with watercolours.

Associated place

<The World>
   > North America
      > United States
         > Florida
<The World>
   > North America
      > United States
         > Carolinas
<The World>
   > North America
      > Bahamas