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The drawings by Merian on display have been in the Royal Collection since c.1810. They were acquired by George III (r. 1760 – 1820) to form part of his scientific library. They had previously been owned by the famous physician Richard Mead (1673 – 1754) and the renowned botanist Sir John Hill (c.1714 – 1775).

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.