More than an Image

Text by Katie Wood / Photography by John O’Hagan

A fine art collector finds beauty and inspiration in the courage and sacrifice of early explorers.

After receiving a copy of John J. Audubon’s Birds of America as a gift from his parents when he was just 10 years old, a whole new world was opened for Gilbert Johnston. “I used to lie awake at night in bed and turn the pages,” Gilbert says, recalling the moments when natural history and art first captured his heart and imagination.