Historians and artists as well as scientists make use of our wonderful collections of artwork. The library artworks collections are rich and varied as highlighted in the new museum gallery - Images of Nature.
These beautiful illustrations help to uncover the story of how the natural world was depicted over centuries of scientific investigation. Before the camera artists, such as Sydney Parkinson - a young man who travelled alongside Captain Cook on the first voyage to Australia in 1768, would board ships with bags filled with artists materials in order to document and bring to life these astonishing new lands, animals, plants and peoples for the first time.
Routledge is making its entire collection of art ejournals freely available for a limited time on Informaworld. There are some excellent articles about natural history art available. Read on and discover more about this fasinating area of research.
Here are some pieces to start you off -
The full list of titles can be accessed here.