Edward Miall Skeats (1858 – 1928) was a chemist, a geologist, an engineer, and, according to his son, a pioneer at heart. He was also an amateur artist who recorded much of the plant life near what is now Carlsbad, New Mexico, in the late nineteenth and very early years of the twentieth centuries. Skeats’ son Arthur gave fifty-nine of his father’s watercolors to the University of New Mexico Art Museum in 1966. While a few of these images have been on exhibit here and at the Harwood Museum in Taos, this is the first time a significant number of them have been shown together in a solo exhibition.

Skeats’ keen observational skills were developed through his scientific background. Thus his works fall squarely in the genre of botanical drawings rather than botanical art which, as has been noted, focuses on a finished drawing or painting as its sole objective. Botanical drawings are visual records of species with scientific exactitude the goal. However, Skeats’ work clearly encourages aesthetic responses from its viewers.

-Joyce Szabo, Ph.D., Guest Curator, University of New Mexico Art Museum, and Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of New Mexico

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), No Title, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.1, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), No Title, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.2, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Acanthus Family, Acanthacea; Rockrose Family, Cistincae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.3, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Ruellia ciliosa, Wild Petunia, 2.Helianthemum rosmarinifolium, Rosemary Frostweed

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Mint Family, Labiatae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.4, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Larrea Mexicana, Chaparral

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Bignonia Family, Bignoniaceae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.5, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Chilopsis linearis, Desert Willow

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Broomrape Family, Orobanchaceae, 1897-1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.6, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Oribanche uniflora, Naked Broomrape

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Buck Horn Family, Rhamnaceae, 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.7, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Adolphia infesta, Junco, 2.Condalia ericoides, Javelina Bush

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Buckwheat Family, Polyaceae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.8, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Polygonum ramosissimum, Bushy Knotweed, 2.Fallopia scandens, Climbing False Buckwheat

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Cactus Family, 1897-1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.9, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Cactus Family, Cataceae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.10, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Echinocactus texensis, Hedgehog Cactus

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Caparaceae, Caper Family: Amaryllineae, Amaryllis Family, 1898, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.11, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Caparaceae, 2.Amaryllidaceae

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Composite Family, Compositae, 1897-1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.12, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Xanthisma gracile, Slender Goldenweed, 2.Thymophylla acerosa, Prickly-Leaf Dogweed, 3.Unlabeled, 4.Thymophylla tenuiloba, Dahlberg Daisy

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Composite Family, Compositae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.13, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Verbesina encelioides, Golden Crown Beard, 2.Centauria americana, American Basket Flower

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Composite Family, Compositae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.14, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Flaveria trinervia, Clustered Yellowtops

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Composite Family, Compositae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.15, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Heliomeris longifolia, Longleaf False Goldeneye

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Composite Family, Compositae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.16, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Helenium flexuosom, Purplehead Sneezeweed

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Composite Family, Compositae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.17, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Acourtia nana, Dwarf Desert Peony, 2.Lygodesmia aphylla, Rose Rush, 3.Unknown

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Composite Family, Compositae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.18, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Acourtia wrightii, Brownfoot

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Composite Family, Compositae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.19, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Pluchea, Marsh Fleabane, 2.Pluchea sericea, Arrowweed

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Composite Family, Compositae, 1898, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.20, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Sarcococca hookeriana, Himalayan Sweetbox

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Crowfoot Family, Ranunculaceae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.21, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Aquilegia, Columbine

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Cucumber Family, Cucurbitaceae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.22, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Ibervillea lindheimeri var. tenuisecta, Slimlobe Globeberry

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Evening Primrose Family, Onagrareae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.23, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Oenothera suffulta, Kisses

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Evening Primrose Family, Onagrareae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.24, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Oenothera speciosa, Evening Primrose

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Evening Primrose Family, Onagrareae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.25, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Oenothera, 2.Oenothera suffulta, Kisses, 3.Oenothera, 4.Oenothera, 5.Oenothera

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Flax Family, Lineae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.26, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Linum perenne, Blue Flax, 2.Linum rupestre, Rock Flac

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Four o’clock Family, Nyctagineae, 1897-1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.27, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Mirabilis longiflora, Sweet Four O’Clock, 2.Nyctaginia capitate, Devil’s Bouquet, 3.Acleisanthes angustifolia, Narrowleaf Moonpod, 4.Unknown

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Four o’clock Family, Nyctagineae, 1897-1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.28, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Mirabilis nyctaginea, Heartleaf Four O’Clock

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Grass Family, Gramineae, 1897-1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.29, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Leptochloa dubia, Green Sprangletop, 2.Sporobulus airoides, Alkali Sacaton

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Grass Family, Gramineae, 1897-1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.30, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Setaria setosa, West Indian Bristlegrass, 2.Unlabeled

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Grass Family, Gramineae, 1897-1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.31, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Danthonia, Oatgrass, 2.Plaspalum plicatulum, Brownseed Paspalum

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Grasses, Gramineae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.32, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Bouteloua curtipendula, Sideoats Grama, 2.Leptochloa fusca ssp. fascicularis, Bearded Sprangletop

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Grasses, Gramineae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.33, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Aristida purpurea, Purple Threeawn, 2.Chloris virgata, Feather Fingergrass

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Grasses, Gramineae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.34, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Sporobolus cryptandrus, Sand Dropseed, 2.Cenchrus tribuloides, Sanddune Sandbur

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Grasses, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.35, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Bouteloua gracilis, Blue Grama, 2.Bouteloua barbata, Six-Weeks Grama

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Grasses, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.36, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Echinochloa crus-galli, Cockspur

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Guetaceae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.37, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Ephedra nevadensis, Nevada ephedra

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Hibiscus Denudatus, 1897-1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.38, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Hibiscus Denudatus, Rock Hibiscus

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Loasa Family, Loasae, 1897-1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.39, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Mentzelia nuda, Bractless Blazingstar

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Milkweed Family, Asclepiadaceae, 1898, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.40, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Asclepias viridiflora, Green Milkweed

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Milkweed Family, Asclepiadaceae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.41, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Asclepias brachystephana, Bract Milkweed, 2.Asclepias nyctaginifolia, Mojave Milkweed

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Milkweed Family, Asclepiadaceae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.42, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Fumitory Family, Fumariceae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.43, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Krameria lanceolata, Ratany, 2.Corydalis aurea, Scrambled Eggs

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Mint Family, Labiatae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.44, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Salvia subincisa, Sawtooth Sage, 2.Teucrium laciniatum, Cut-Leaf Germander, 3.Tetraclea coulteri, Coulter’s Wrinklefruit

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Mustard Family, Cruciferae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.45, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Physaria, 2.Lepidium alyssoides, Mesa Pepperwort 3.Unknown

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Night Shade Family, Solanaceae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.46, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Nicotiana obtusi, Desert Tobacco

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Polemoniaceae, Phlox Family, Lily Family, Liliaceae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.47, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Phlox nana, Santa Fe Phlox, 2.Allium canadense var. mobilense, Meadow Garlic

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Poppy Family, Papaveraceae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.48, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Argemone hispida, Pricklypoppy

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), No Title, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.49, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Pulse Family, Leguminosae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.50, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Unknown, 2.Senna

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Pulse Family, Leguminosae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.51, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Dermatophyllum secundiflorum, Texas Mountain Laurel

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Pulse Family, Leguminosae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.52, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Unlabeled, 2.Unlabeled, 3.Unlabeled, 4.Unlabeled

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Pulse Family, Leguminosae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.53, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Melilotus albus, Honey Clover

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Pulse Family, Leguminosae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.54, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Mimosa borealis, Frangrant Mimosa, 2.Mimosa aculeaticarpa, Catclaw Mimosa, 3.Prosopis juliflora, Mesquite

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Serofularineae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.55, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Unlabeled, 2.Penstemon ambiguous, Pink Plains Beardtongue, 3.Penstemon acuminatus, Sharpleaf Penstemon

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Spinach Family, Chenopodiaceae, 1897 – 1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.56, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Atriplex canescens, Chamiso

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Spurge Family, Euphoriabiaceae, 1897, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.57, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Croton pottsi, Leatherweed, 2.Euphorbia, Spurge, 3.Tragia urticifolia, Nettleleaf Noseburn

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Verbenaceae, Vervain Family, 1897-1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.58, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Unlabeled, 2.Unlabeled

Edward M. Skeats (American, born England, 1858 – 1928), Zygophylleae, 1897-1900, Watercolor on paper, 13-3/8 x 10 inches, Gift of Arthur E. Skeats, 66.135.59, Image courtesy Geistlight Photography, 1.Kallstroemia grandiflora, Arizona Poppy

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