William Bartram

William Bartram

Following in his father’s footsteps, William Bartram (1739-1823) continued to explore and discover native American plants.  An important naturalist, artist, and author in his own right, William traveled the American South from 1773 to 1776 under the patronage of Dr. John Fothergill.  William’s book, Travels, was first published in 1791 in Philadelphia and was eagerly received by a European audience hungry for information about wild American landscapes.  His drawings and meticulous observations about the people and plants he met made Travels an instant classic in naturalist literature.