The Art of British Natural History : Images of Nature - the exhibition catalogue from Natural History Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

The Art of British Natural History : Images of Nature

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A beautifully illustrated book of highlights from the Natural History Museum's collection of art

For centuries the natural life of the British Isles has captured the imagination of both artists and scientists. The Art of British Natural History explores the many different ways in which Britain's flora and fauna have been documented, from engravings and watercolours to ink and charcoal drawings.The Art of British Natural History is illustrated with over 100 specially selected artworks from the collections of the Natural History Museum's Library and Archives. Together these images span 300 years of British history and include the works of major figures such as William MacGillivray, Moses Harris, Edward Wilson and Ernest Mansell.

Andrea Hart's accompanying essay reveals that these images are both beautiful to look at and have also played a crucial role in advancing scientific knowledge in Britain. She also traces how these images have influenced the history of printing, art, and popular culture.

  • Author: Andrea Hart, Special Collections Manager at the Natural History Museum 
  • Paperback: 112 pages | 112 colour and black and white illustrations
  • Date published: March 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0565094232
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 21.6 cm