Each year the gallery features a different temporary exhibition on display in 4 specially renovated original Waterhouse cabinets.
This year we are featuring paintings from our India collection and work from contemporary artist Sunoj D.
Jewel beetle, Chrysochroa ocellata.
The paintings on show are selected from our 18th and 19th-century India collection of artworks. The drawings are mostly watercolours and date from the British East India Company's presence in the country. The images document the diversity of Indian plants and animals at that time. They originate from a variety of sources, including individual artists and collectors, as well as organised studies of Indian natural history in the pursuit of science, commerce and politics.
These pictures are too delicate for permanent display so will change every 3 months, giving visitors the chance to see about 120 paintings over the year.
On display alongside the India collection are artworks by contemporary Indian artist Sunoj D, made in response to the Museum’s India collection. They feature in the gallery space for the year.
The final rotation of Indian images and contemporary artwork is on show in the gallery until the end of February 2014.