Drawing Conclusions - The Impact of Art on Natural History

This gallery of images has been selected from the art collections in the Library at The Natural History Museum. It highlights the contributions that artwork has made to our understanding of the natural world through the last four centuries.

To find out more about these artists, their exciting stories and the impact their artwork had, click on the images below.

Carica by Ehret Penguin by Forster Hibiscus by Parkinson Butterflies by Cramer

Carica
Georg Ehret

Penguin
Johann Forster

Hibiscus
Sydney Parkinson

Butterflies
Gerrit Lambertz

Minerals by Swebach   Echidna by Watling   Copper ores by Rashleigh   Tortoise by Bell

Minerals
Francois Swebach

Echidna
Artist unknown

 

Copper Ores
Thomas Underwood

 

Tortoise
James Sowerby

Banksia by Bauer   Fish by Reeves   Nautiloids by Woodward   Bandicoots by Gould

Banksia
Ferdinand Bauer

 

Common Carp
Artist unknown

 

Nautiloids
Alice Woodward

 

Pig-footed Bandicoots
John Gould

Aepyornis by Wilson   Mosquito by Terzi   Geranium by Church   Spider by Roberts

Aepyornis
Maurice Wilson

 

Mosquito
Amedeo Terzi

 

Geranium
Arthur Church

 

Spider
Michael Roberts

Pigeon by Raper   Ayeaye by Wolf   Strelitzia by Franz Bauer   Sphinx moth by Blake

Pigeon
George Raper

 

Aye-aye
Joseph Wolf

 

Strelitzia
Franz Bauer

 

Giant Sphinx Moth
Edith Blake