Phillip Henry Gosse Exhibit

The Greater Antillean Grackle, from Gosse’s 1849 monograph, The Birds of Jamaica.

Coming soon: Philip Henry Gosse: A Naturalist’s Sojourn in Alabama 

Thanks to the generous support of The Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Birmingham Audubon has been working over the past several years to develop a traveling exhibit featuring the artwork of Philip Henry Gosse, a noted British naturalist who spent time in Alabama’s Black Belt in the 1830s. Featuring mostly butterflies and other insects, often together with wildflowers, the intense colors and fine details in these watercolor paintings reflect Gosse’s remarkable artistic talent. With permission from the British Library, we’ve printed archive-quality reproductions from high-resolution scans, generously made available by Auburn University. As locations are added to this traveling exhibit, we will share the dates as well as which museums, libraries, and other venues around Alabama below.

Our first stop: Alabama Museum of Natural History on Saturday, 14 September through 21 December 2019

Save the date and make a plan to join us Saturday, September 14th, for the opening reception of the Philip Henry Gosse exhibit at the Alabama Museum of Natural History on the campus of the University of Alabama (Smith Hall, 427 Sixth Ave., Tuscaloosa).

To register for this event, click on the blue button below. If you already have a Birmingham Audubon login and password, you can enter it there; if not, simply click the upper-right-hand “X,” and fill out the event registration form.
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The details:
4–5 p.m.  Presentation by Gary Mullen about Philip Henry Gosse, including time for Q&A (Smith Hall)
5–6 p.m.  Reception and book signing (Smith Hall)
6–7 p.m.  Swift Night Out field trip to view Chimney Swifts returning to their roost site at sunset (exact location TBD)

Bonus: Following the reception, we will have our first Swift Night Out in Tuscaloosa! Click here for details.

Interested in hosting this exhibit? Contact our Partnership & Policy Director Chris Oberholster at or at 205-719-3678, option 5.