All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Catherine "Kate" Furbish, Artist and Botanist

Janice Brown, on her always-interesting Cow Hampshire blog, offers a brief bio and genealogy of Catherine "Kate" Furbish—an artist and botanist born in Exeter, N. H., but raised in Brunswick.
Around 1870, Kate began to collect local plants and produce highly detailed and beautiful botanical illustrations. She was a self-taught botanist, relying on public lectures attended during trips to Boston, and popular texts of the day, especially Asa Gray's "Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States." She spent much of the rest her life collecting samples, then classifying and drawing these flora of Maine. [Link]
Bowdoin College—to whom "Furbish bequeathed her collection of 1,300 watercolor paintings and sketches" in 1908—has an ongoing exhibit titled "Flora of Maine: A Look at the Kate Furbish Collection," located in display cases on the third floor of the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.


At 3:26 PM, June 14, 2006, Blogger Michelle Souliere said...

I've been a fan of Furbish's work for some years now, and keep meaning to contact the Special Collections librarian at Bowdoin to arrange a showing of the collection (beyond the case display).

She was really quite remarkable!


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