India collection art highlights

Explore a selection of paintings showing Indian wildlife that caught the attention of collectors and artists in the 18th and 19th centuries, including eye-catching insects and plants of medicinal and economic importance.

Many of the collectors were doctors, botanists and officers who worked for the British East India Company. Find out more about them and the scientific style of illustration that they encouraged the artists to adopt.

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The Art of India book

The Art of India book, Images of Nature

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