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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 426-426.5

John Abbot notes and drawings

Watercolor drawings of birds, butterflies, plants, and correspondence of scientific illustrator and naturalist John Abbot.


  • 1766-1887

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1 linear feet (6 volumes)

Contains over 600 watercolor drawings by Abbot of birds, butterflies, other insects, and plants, some with explanatory descriptions and notes. The work was done mostly in Georgia. Also includes correspondence about Abbot, a colored lithographic portrait of him, and one volume of insect drawings, 1830, considered the work of an inferior copyist.

Biographical / Historical

Abbot was a scientific illustrator and naturalist. Born in England, he emigrated to Virginia and settled in Georgia.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

46HM-2F-7F. Purchased with the Hofer fund from Boston Museum of Natural History; received: 1946 November 15.

Digitization Funding

Collections and items have been digitized with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation.
Abbot, John, 1751-1840. John Abbot notes and drawings, 1766-1887: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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