The Art of British Natural History

Event information

Event type: drop-in, exhibition

Location: Images of Nature

Ticket prices:

Free, no booking required

This free art exhibition celebrates the unique nature on our shores. With over 70,000 documented species, the British Isles have a diverse and distinctive natural history.

This remarkable diversity has captured the imagination of many artists, scientists and naturalists, inspiring them to observe and document the nation's geology, flora and fauna.

Admire artworks of some of Britain's most iconic species. This showcase of items from the Museum Library's collection explores the many different ways the wonderful variety of wildlife in Britain has been depicted over the past 300 years.

We will display more than 200 original illustrations over the course of the exhibition, with a new selection every four months.

Themed highlights

One of the display cabinets will feature a themed selection of the following highlights:

  • popular dinosaur reconstructions from the 1960s by Neave Parker (until 29 June 2017)
  • life-sized artworks by Scottish naturalist William MacGillivray (30 June - 2 November 2017)
  • original illustrations published in the much-loved Observer's books and Wayside and Woodland pocket field guides (3 November 2017 - 1 March 2018)
  • illustrations of British birds by the best bird artists of the 1970s (2 March - 1 July 2018)
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How to find Images of Nature

The Images of Nature gallery is in the Blue Zone.

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Buy the accompanying book

The Art of British Natural History book features Museum artworks and traces the influence of scientific knowledge and the history of printing, art and culture.

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