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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Upcoming Exhibitions

Exhibitions are on display in our gallery on the 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University and are open to the public free of charge. We hope to see you here.

Dr. Charles Dorat and His Unrealized Central American Medicinal Flora

2 April – 29 June 2018

This exhibition includes watercolors by the European physician and naturalist Charles Dorat (?1806–ca.1870) of medicinal plants that he found in the vicinity of the municipality of Cedros, Honduras. Strands of information from disparate sources were uncovered to create a biographical sketch of this little-known artist whose work is represented in the Hunt Institute collection. This exhibition features the 42 Dorat watercolors in the collection along with Institute archival materials relating to other parties in his circle, such as the American shipping agent, steamer captain and naturalist John Melmoth Dow (1827–1892), the American physician and professor of materia medica Joseph Carson (1808–1876) and the English botanist and pharmacologist Daniel Hanbury (1825–1875).

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