Kate Samworth: Charles Willson Peale & Natural History Illustration
PAFA's Continuing Education department invites you to explore Philadelphia’s rich tradition of natural history illustration through fascinating museum visits and hands-on art-making with award-winning artist, illustrator, and PAFA alumna Kate Samworth. Follow the path of Charles Willson Peale, the painter, scientist, inventor, and naturalist who established the nation’s first natural history museum in 1786, in an effort to collect and catalog all living things. Visit the American Philosophical Society and the Library Company of Philadelphia and others to view prints, paintings, and ephemera related to the exploration of the natural world at the end of the Enlightenment era. Return to PAFA to create your own nature illustration of flora and fauna with a new understanding of the role of those who collected, preserved, identified and depicted living things through history.