John Doncaster (1907-1981)
John Doncaster was a man of many skills and abilities. During his career he spent time as a science researcher and an exhibition designer at the Natural History Museum. Later he became head of a science department at the Museum.
In the 1950s he combined his artistic skills with scientific
knowledge and an understanding of exhibition design to produce
an outstanding watercolour of the fossil bird, the Archaeopteryx
lithographica. Setting it in an imagined prehistoric landscape,
Doncaster successfully brought a fossilised scientific specimen
'to life' for the public to admire and appreciate.