Art themes

The art collections held in the Library & Archives at the Natural History Museum contain a wealth of original watercolour drawings, sketches, oil paintings and prints.

Ranging from some of the most famous natural history artists of the time to the completely unknown, the collections continue to contribute to our knowledge and understanding of the natural world.

Select a theme below to explore a snapshot of the wonders of the original natural history artwork held in our collections.

Caught in Oils - nature and its naturalists

Natural Wonders - Image from the Indian subcontinent

  Dodo   Natural Wonders Theme

One Hundred Years of Nature - Artwork from the Twentieth Century


Drawing Conclusions - The impact of art on natural history

  100 Years of Nature Theme   Drawing Conclusions Theme  

Watercolour drawings of British flora and fauna


The Americas - the portrayal of natural history art of the Americas