Book ID: CBB967535104

Maria Martin's World: Art & Science, Faith & Family in Audubon's America (2018)


Lindsay, Debra J. (Author)

The University of Alabama Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 302 pp.
Language: English

"Maria Martin (1796-1863) was an evangelical Lutheran from Charleston, South Carolina, who became an accomplished painter within months of meeting John James Audubon. Martin met Audubon through her brother-in-law, Reverend John Bachman, who befriended Audubon while passing through Charleston on route to Florida where he expected to find new avian species. Martin was an amateur artist, but by the time Audubon left, she had familiarized herself with his style of drawing. Six months after their initial meeting, her background botanicals were deemed good enough to embellish Audubon's exquisite bird paintings. Martin's botanicals and insects appeared in volumes two and four of The Birds of America (1830-1838). She painted snakes for John Edwards Holbrook's North American Herpetology (1842) and assisted in drafting the descriptive taxonomies prepared by John Bachman-who later became her husband in 1848 following the death of her older sister-for The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1846-1854). Until now, her contributions have been unknown to all but the most astute students of natural history and art history and a close circle of family and friends. "--Publisher's description.

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Review Gregory Nobles (2019) Review of "Maria Martin's World: Art & Science, Faith & Family in Audubon's America". Journal of Southern History (pp. 155-156). unapi

Review Gayle R. Davis (2019) Review of "Maria Martin's World: Art & Science, Faith & Family in Audubon's America". Journal of American History (pp. 1012-1013). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Boehme, Sarah E.
Blaugrund, Annette
Tyler, Ron
Peck, Robert McCracken
Hart-Davis, Duff
Chalmers, J.
Archives of Natural History
Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society
Postcolonial Studies
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Journal of Historical Geography
Louisiana State University Press
Harry N. Abrams
Henry Holt
NMS Publishing
CSIRO Publishing
New York, City University of
Natural history
Scientific illustration
Visual representation; visual communication
Science and art
Audubon, John James
Lewin, John William
Alder, Anthony
Mutis, José Celestino
Godman, John Davidson
Brooks, Allan Cyril
United States
North America
New South Wales (Australia)
Queensland (Australia)
19th century
18th century
20th century
20th century, early
Early modern
National Audubon Society

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