Plate 61 from Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands, London, 1731-43 (3rd ed., 1771).

Magnolia grandiflora (The Laurel Tree of Carolina), c. 1743 (3rd ed. 1771)

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Mark Catesby's Natural History was the first published account of the plants and animals of North America. It was also the first natural history book to include large-scale color plates. He lived in Virginia from 1712 to 1719 and in Carolina from 1722 to 1726. After returning to England, he spent some eighteen years preparing his sumptuous publication.

Details
Title
Magnolia grandiflora (The Laurel Tree of Carolina)
Artist Life
1682/83 - 1749
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.18,789
Provenance
Dwight and Helen Minnich, Minneapolis; sold to MIA, 1966.
Catalogue Raisonne
See: Mark Catesby, Frick and Stearns, 109; Fine Bird Books (Ehret)
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Plate 61 from Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands, London, 1731-43 (3rd ed., 1771).