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Amazing Rare Things

The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery

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    Daily (Friday 14 Mar 2008 - Saturday 27 Sept 2008)

The works in this exhibition have been selected, in collaboration with Sir David Attenborough, from six remarkable and diverse groups of natural history drawings and watercolours in the Royal Collection. They date from the late fifteenth century to the early eighteenth century, a period when European knowledge of the world’s flora and fauna was transformed by voyages of discovery to Africa, Asia and the Americas. Through painstaking examination and description, these artists (and one collector) hoped to comprehend the natural riches of an ever-expanding world.

There is a common denominator that links all these artists – the profound joy that all feel who observe the natural world with a sustained and devoted intensity.

Sir David Attenborough


Exhibition highlights

    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.