The Art of India

Images of Nature

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Judith Magee

Beautiful images of Indian natural history from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09310 5
Format:
Paperback
Price:
£12.99
Published:
February 2013
Size:
253 x 216 mm
Extent:
112 pp
Illustrations:
Colour throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

There is a vast collection of Indian natural history drawings in the Library of the Natural History Museum, London. Spanning a period of more than two hundred years, from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, they depict the rich variety of animals, birds and insects to be found in India and the magnificent flora of the different regions.

The Art of India presents many of these beautiful images, from fine botanical and zoological illustrations through to depictions of colourful artefacts and trinkets purchased in local markets. The artworks originate from a variety of sources that include individual artists and collectors, as well as organised studies of Indian natural history in the pursuit of science, commerce and politics. 

They were produced by European and Indian artists who worked to advance the understanding of Indian natural history by recording, describing, classifying and naming the flora and fauna of the country.

The book is published to tie-in with a new art exhibition opening at the Museum in spring 2013.

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Author

Judith Magee has managed the art collections of the Library of the Natural History Museum, London for over 10 years. 

She is the author of Art of Nature and The Art and Science of William Bartram and has contributed to several other books including The Great Naturalists.

Exhibition

The Images of Nature gallery showcases the Museum's world-famous collection of natural history artworks. 

Prints, watercolours and paintings from eminent natural history artists such as the prolific bird illustrator, John Gerrard Keulemans and accomplished botanical artist, Georg Ehret, feature in the collection. Alongside this historic body of work are modern images created by scientists, imaging specialists, photographers and micro-CT scanners. Highlights among these are tiny, intriguing scientific images of stained-glass-like meteorite slices and a 3D scan of a shark head.

Each year the Images of Nature gallery includes a temporary exhibition of themed artworks. 

Library

The Library of the Natural History Museum is a repository for one of the most exciting and comprehensive collections of natural history literature and artworks to be found anywhere in the world. 

It holds over half a million artworks, comprising one of Britain’s biggest art collections and representing all the great natural history artists, and many thousands of books, including some richly illustrated volumes of great historical significance.

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