Natural History Science: Martin Heade and South American Hummingbirds

Church spoke with Martin Heade, a major artist of the time, about his trip to South America, and Heade decided to make a trip of his own.

Heade decided that he would undertake a scientific study of South American hummingbirds and paint a series of paintings to illustrate his study.

Although Heade completed fourteen paintings of hummingbirds, he never finished his treatise on them.




Martin Heade, Brazilian Hummingbirds, 1865, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston