We went to the American Philosphical Society Thursday night for a preview of their new exhibit “Of Elephants and Roses: Encounters with French Natural History, 1790–1830“. It was a time of science and curiosity about exotic specimens. This is a grid of etchings of leaves and seed pods of American oaks collected by André Michaux who was sent to America to look for species to replenish France forests. Each print is about 4″ x 6” based on field drawings during the collecting expedition. The prints are mounted on linen and are an impressive grid of prints.
The museum at APS showcases their extensive collections to link science, history and art. The show is up for several months as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts celebrating connections between Philadelphia and Paris. Check it out!