Wild at Heart: Ernest Thompson Seton

May 23 - May 8, 2011



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(above: Rose branch. Untitled pen & ink drawing by Ernest Thompson Seton, late 19th or early 20th century. Photo courtesy of the Academy for the Love of Learning.  In 1879, Seton studied art at the Royal Academy in London; in 1883, at the Art Students League in New York; and in 1884, in Paris. In 1885, his work was compared favorably to that of Audubon. In his lifetime, Seton produced 4,000 paintings, drawings and sketches.)


(above: "Carpodacus pinicola." Identified in an 1880s bird book by Ernest Thompson Seton as Carpodacus pinicola, the bird in this mixed-media painting is likely of a finch or grosbeak now known by a different name.  Photo courtesy of the Academy for the Love of Learning. The method of bird identification developed by Seton would be used later in field guides by Roger Tory Peterson and others.)


(above: "Black Wolf of the Currumpaw," an oil-on-board painting by Ernest Thompson Seton, 1893. Photo courtesy of Philmont Museum - Seton Memorial Library Cimarron, New Mexico - A gift of Mrs. Julia M. Seton. Hired to kill wolves on a ranch in northeastern New Mexico, Seton was transformed by the death of a wolf he named "Lobo" and wrote of in "Black Wolf of the Currumpaw." Publication of that story in Scribner's Magazine drew worldwide acclaim and set Seton on a path to becoming one of the foremost voices for wildlife conservation in America. Later, Seton would use the wolf paw print as part of his signature.)


(above: "Wild Animals I Have Known." Classics Illustrated's publication of Seton's Wild Animals I have Known is dated September 1959, No. 152, Copyright by Gilberton Company, Inc. NY Collection. Photo courtesy of the Academy for the Love of Learning. Published in 1898, this first and most acclaimed of Seton's many books of animal stories (including Lobo) has never been out of print, and has been published in a dozen languages. Rudyard Kipling wrote to Seton that the idea for the Jungle Bo oks came from Wild Animals I Have Known. In the foreword to the catalog accompanying Wild at Heart: Ernest Thompson Seton, Sir David Attenborough recounts receiving a copy of the book at the age of 8: "I still have it. It was the most precious book of my childhood.")


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