William Bantram Drawings

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The William Bantram drawings that accompany Travels are simply mesmerizing. When you view the drawing you can feel your eyes jumping around trying to absorb every detail. Bantram’s drawings bring the plant or animal to life and it makes you feel as if you are viewing it in person. The drawing of the soft-shelled tortoise exemplifies Bartram’s ability to be an artist and a scientist all in the same drawing. As a botanist, Bantram collected plants and seeds as well as kept a journal where he described in detail all aspects of the natural scenery and animals which he came across in his travels. In the drawing of the soft-shelled tortoise, Bantram shows his scientific strength by drawing a highly detailed portrait of the shell’s structure, multiple
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