Many notable 19th century artists, writers, collectors, photographers, scientists, hobbyists, and explorers were known to have dedicated their artistry and interests to capturing and expressing nature’s beauty and diversity. Think John Audubon, who documented and illustrated all types of American birds in their natural habitats. Or Henry David Thoreau, a poet, essayist, and transcendentalist, whose experience of basic living on Walden Pond inspired one of the most seminal works of 19th century American literature. And then there’s Teddy Roosevelt, whose exploits and expeditions after his presidency are credited with bringing back to American natural history museums, specimens and species not previously seen outside their natural habitat. In addition to their love of nature, these three naturalists were also collectors. We share their collector stories In the July issue of Journal of Antiques & Collectibles.
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