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Wildlife Art

From the first cave paintings of animals to the development of digital photography, illustration has played an important role in the study of wildlife.

The museum has an extensive collection of zoological illustration from the 1800s and 1900s. There are more than 500 items of paintings, drawing and sculpture.

The collection, started in the 1960s, is one the largest collections of wildlife art held by a museum.

Peter Scott, Eric Ennion, Keith Shackleton and Basil Ede are just a few of the artists represented in the collection.

There are also 170 watercolour paintings by the Irish artist Richard Dunscombe Parker. Painted in the 1800s they show birds in Irish landscapes.

The small collection of sculptures includes works by Morris Harding, Antoine-Louis Barye and Jonathan Kenworthy.

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Jay

Jay

production method :watercolour...

Puffin over the Water

Puffin over the Water

production method :watercolour...

Teal in the Downpatrick Marshes

Teal in the Downpatrick Marshes

production method :watercolour...

Eagle (1900)

Eagle (1900)

production method :watercolour...

Neottia nidus-avis (Birds Nest Orchid) (1970)

Neottia nidus-avis (Birds Nest Orchid) (1970)

production method :watercolour...

Heron and Wigeon

Heron and Wigeon

production method :watercolour...

Spur-winged Plover (1963)

Spur-winged Plover (1963)

production method :watercolour...

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis

production method :watercolour...

Perch (1972)

Perch (1972)

production method :watercolour...

Lonhgi Lily

Lonhgi Lily

production method :watercolour...

Aechmea mertensii (Bromeliad)

Aechmea mertensii (Bromeliad)

production method :watercolour...

Rainbow Trout (1971)

Rainbow Trout (1971)

production method :watercolour...

Guillemots (1965)

Guillemots (1965)

production method :watercolour...

Greenland Falcon

Greenland Falcon

production method :watercolour...

Golden Eagle Soaring

Golden Eagle Soaring

production method :watercolour...

Leopard in a Tree

Leopard in a Tree

production method :pastel...

Tern on the Shore

Tern on the Shore

production method :watercolour...

Guillemots on Muck Island (1969)

Guillemots on Muck Island (1969)

production method :oil...

Toco Toucans

Toco Toucans

production method :crayon...

Whoopers Alighting

Whoopers Alighting

production method :watercolour...

Cock Blackbird in Distress (1876)

Cock Blackbird in Distress (1876)

production method :watercolour...

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

production method :watercolour...

Bittern

Bittern

production method :watercolour...

The Unfortunate Oiled Guillemot

The Unfortunate Oiled Guillemot

production method :watercolour...

Red Deer and Fawns

Red Deer and Fawns

production method :watercolour...

Charr (1972)

Charr (1972)

production method :watercolour...

Osprey on a May Morning (1966)

Osprey on a May Morning (1966)

production method :watercolour...

Cacomistle

Cacomistle

production method :watercolour...

Jabiru Storks (1964)

Jabiru Storks (1964)

production method :watercolour...

Jaguar Resting (1924)

Jaguar Resting (1924)

production method :pastel...

Golden Pheasant

Golden Pheasant

production method :watercolour...

Young Wings

Young Wings

Eyess Falcon with wings partly extended, facing left, on crag with thriftetc in grass, over sea below.; production method :watercolour...

Stoat in Winter (1974)

Stoat in Winter (1974)

production method :oil...

Hooded Lanner Falcon

Hooded Lanner Falcon

production method :watercolour...

Wigeon Resting

Wigeon Resting

production method :watercolour...

Woodcock (1897)

Woodcock (1897)

production method :watercolour...

Red Breasted Geese

Red Breasted Geese

production method :watercolour...

Roseate Terns (1964)

Roseate Terns (1964)

production method :watercolour...

Arkle and Pat Taaffe

Arkle and Pat Taaffe

production method :acrylic...

Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tiger

production method :oil...

Heron Sunning Itself

Heron Sunning Itself

production method :watercolour...

Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher

production method :pencil & wash...

Pomarine Skua

Pomarine Skua

production method :watercolour...

Roseate Tern (1965)

Roseate Tern (1965)

production method :oil...

King Eiders (1965)

King Eiders (1965)

production method :watercolour...

Elephants (1966)

Elephants (1966)

production method :oil...

Black-tails Alighting

Black-tails Alighting

production method :watercolour...

Goldfinches and Great Grey Shrike

Goldfinches and Great Grey Shrike

production method :watercolour...

Magpie

Magpie

production method :watercolour...

Kingfishers

Kingfishers

production method :watercolour...

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