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Mary Vaux Walcott: The Audubon of Botany

Mary Vaux Walcott was a gifted artist whose nearly 1,000 watercolors of North American wildflowers earned her the title of the "Audubon of Botany". Married late in life, she accompanied her husband on trips to the American and Canadian Rockies during which time she painted the native flora of the region. In 1925, the Smithsonian Institution published 400 of her illustrations in a five-volume work entitled North American Wild Flowers. Marjorie presents a fascinating look at Mary Walcott, a remarkable illustrator and an intrepid woman who sought escape from Victorian social conventions and pursued adventure and self-expression in the American west during the transformative times in which she lived. The talk will be supplemented with selected prints of Walcott's original paintings from Mrs. Copeland's collections. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of Marjorie's book, The Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott, will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture. Marjorie G. Jones is a graduate of Wheaton College (MA) and the Rutgers School of Law. After 25 years in banking and executive recruitment, she returned to school and earned an MA in Historical Studies at the Graduate Faculty of the New School in New York City. She has taught at The New School, Mercy College, and, most recently, at Graterford Prison for Villanova University. A member of the Writing Women's Lives seminar in NYC, she lives in Philadelphia.
Date & Time
  • May 5, 2018
  • 11:00AM - 12:15PM
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