Art of Nature

Drawing of a fish from the Botanical and zoological drawings (1756-1788) by William Bartram.

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Felicity Sylvester
UK, Europe, Middle East and South America
Email Felicity, call +44 (0)20 7942 6245

Pauline Robert,
France, North America and Africa
Email Pauline, call +44 (0)20 7942 5329

Paolo Russo,
Italy and Asia-Pacific
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This new exhibition explores the crucial role art has played in building our understanding of the natural world.

Inspired by the stories of pioneering artists and naturalists, Art of Nature is a unique opportunity to host fascinating stories of scientific investigation through selected works from the Museum's art collection.

Visitors will see drawings, paintings and sketches of nature, spanning from 1700 to the present day. The works expertly combine aesthetic beauty with scientific accuracy.

Visitors will discover the importance of illustration in documenting species, gaining an appreciation of how natural history artists’ techniques, and how their pieces became increasingly scientifically accurate.

As well as finding out how artworks were distributed to the public, visitors  will discover how new digital techniques have revolutionised the way we observe and record species, and how despite all this, illustration remains an important means of recording the natural world.

Artworks include drawings by Sydney Parkinson, who accompanied James Cook on his first voyage to Australia and New Zealand, the watercolours of the celebrated natural history artists Franz and Ferdinand Bauer, and hand-coloured engravings from John James Audubon, masterpiece The Birds of America.

More information

For more details about the exhibition, download the Art of Nature brochure.


Developed as a package scaled from between a 450m2 and a 650m2 (5,000sqft to 7,000sqft) display space, the exhibition consists of the following components:

  • approximately 100 Natural History Museum collection objects, with bespoke mounts
  • full exhibition text, panels, labels and images
  • multimedia assets
  • design look and feel for 2D and 3D exhibition elements
  • set of fine art crates for object transportation
  • optional retail and publishing products

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