Women Artists

Images of Nature

Women Artists cover

Andrea Hart

This stunning collection of exquisite artworks celebrates the work and lives of women artists spanning the last four centuries.

February 2014
253 x 216 mm / 10 x 8½ in
112 pp
Colour throughout
Natural History Museum


The book features specially selected artworks by women from the seventeenth century onwards. The artists share a fascination and enthusiasm for the natural world and together their work combines to cover a broad range of different techniques and subject matters. 

There are fine botanical and entomological drawings by Margaret Fountaine, Maria Sibylla Merian and Elizabeth Twining, detailed bird images by artists such as Elizabeth Gould, Sarah Stone and Elizabeth Butterworth, and a striking page from the notebooks of Olivia Tonge’s Indian travels.

Featuring celebrated artworks and rarely-seen gems, this book serves up a visual feast of the never ending wonders of the natural world and the significant role that women have played in observing and documenting it.

The book is published to tie-in with a new art exhibition opening at the Museum in spring 2014.


Andrea Hart is a Special Collections Librarian at the Natural History Museum where she has worked for over 15 years. 

Andrea has wide experience of all of the subject collections in the library, having worked on their curation, research, conservation, development and outreach. 

For the past 8 years she has had specific responsibility for the Botany Library collections that include its impressive original artwork, rare books and manuscript collections. 


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. 


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.