Natural History Science: Science and Composed Paintings

Just as scientists painted artistically, artists painted scientifically. Even in composed paintings, the elements were from nature and provided scientifically useful information to the trained eye about the natural environment where the artist lived.

As a student at Yale, William H. Brewer, a botanist and geologist, once wrote in his diary that a painting by Pratt, "The Garden of Eden," was "very interesting both from a botanical and geological point of view."

Thomas Cole, The The Garden of Eden, 1828, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth