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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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Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis

production method :watercolour...

Golden Pheasant

Golden Pheasant

production method :watercolour...

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

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

production method :watercolour...

Stoat in Winter (1974)

Stoat in Winter (1974)

production method :oil...

Rainbow Trout (1971)

Rainbow Trout (1971)

production method :watercolour...

Osprey on a May Morning (1966)

Osprey on a May Morning (1966)

production method :watercolour...

Golden Eagle Soaring

Golden Eagle Soaring

production method :watercolour...

Heron and Wigeon

Heron and Wigeon

production method :watercolour...

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

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...

Puffin over the Water

Puffin over the Water

production method :watercolour...

Bittern

Bittern

production method :watercolour...

Whoopers Alighting

Whoopers Alighting

production method :watercolour...

Lonhgi Lily

Lonhgi Lily

production method :watercolour...

Spur-winged Plover (1963)

Spur-winged Plover (1963)

production method :watercolour...

Jay

Jay

production method :watercolour...

Greenland Falcon

Greenland Falcon

production method :watercolour...

Wigeon Resting

Wigeon Resting

production method :watercolour...

Charr (1972)

Charr (1972)

production method :watercolour...

Cacomistle

Cacomistle

production method :watercolour...

Perch (1972)

Perch (1972)

production method :watercolour...

Red Deer and Fawns

Red Deer and Fawns

production method :watercolour...

Tern on the Shore

Tern on the Shore

production method :watercolour...

Red Breasted Geese

Red Breasted Geese

production method :watercolour...

Aechmea mertensii (Bromeliad)

Aechmea mertensii (Bromeliad)

production method :watercolour...

Toco Toucans

Toco Toucans

production method :crayon...

Jaguar Resting (1924)

Jaguar Resting (1924)

production method :pastel...

Eagle (1900)

Eagle (1900)

production method :watercolour...

Jabiru Storks (1964)

Jabiru Storks (1964)

production method :watercolour...

Leopard in a Tree

Leopard in a Tree

production method :pastel...

Hooded Lanner Falcon

Hooded Lanner Falcon

production method :watercolour...

Guillemots (1965)

Guillemots (1965)

production method :watercolour...

Guillemots on Muck Island (1969)

Guillemots on Muck Island (1969)

production method :oil...

Cock Blackbird in Distress (1876)

Cock Blackbird in Distress (1876)

production method :watercolour...

Woodcock (1897)

Woodcock (1897)

production method :watercolour...

The Unfortunate Oiled Guillemot

The Unfortunate Oiled Guillemot

production method :watercolour...

Teal in the Downpatrick Marshes

Teal in the Downpatrick Marshes

production method :watercolour...

Roseate Terns (1964)

Roseate Terns (1964)

production method :watercolour...

Cuckoo and Chiffchaffs (1964)

Cuckoo and Chiffchaffs (1964)

production method :watercolour...

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

production method :pencil...

Robin (1972)

Robin (1972)

production method :pencil...

Black-tails Alighting

Black-tails Alighting

production method :watercolour...

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

production method :scraperboard...

Common Seals in a Bay (1970)

Common Seals in a Bay (1970)

production method :oil...

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

production method :watercolour...

Gyrfalcon

Gyrfalcon

production method :pencil...

Return to Rathlin

Return to Rathlin

production method :watercolour...

Gyrfalcon

Gyrfalcon

production method :watercolour...

Heron Sunning Itself

Heron Sunning Itself

production method :watercolour...

King Eiders (1965)

King Eiders (1965)

production method :watercolour...

Magpie (1966)

Magpie (1966)

production method :watercolour...

Orang Study Sheet (1971)

Orang Study Sheet (1971)

production method :watercolour...

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

production method :watercolour...

Redwing on Nest in Iceland (1955)

Redwing on Nest in Iceland (1955)

production method :scraperboard...

Whitethroat (1966)

Whitethroat (1966)

production method :watercolour...

Lynx

Lynx

production method :crayon...

Grebe Family

Grebe Family

production method :watercolour...

Pomarine Skua

Pomarine Skua

production method :watercolour...

Avocets in Flight

Avocets in Flight

production method :watercolour...

King Vultures

King Vultures

production method :watercolour...

Magpie

Magpie

production method :watercolour...

Oystercatchers in March

Oystercatchers in March

production method :watercolour...

Helter-Skelter Coots

Helter-Skelter Coots

production method :watercolour...

Lion (1919) [Head only]

Lion (1919) [Head only]

production method :pastel...

Cuckoo (1963)

Cuckoo (1963)

production method :watercolour...

Cock Capercaillie in Display

Cock Capercaillie in Display

production method :watercolour...

Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher

production method :pencil & wash...

Lar Gibbon (1965)

Lar Gibbon (1965)

production method :charcoal...

Porcupine

Porcupine

production method :charcoal...

Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tiger

production method :oil...

Adder (1966)

Adder (1966)

production method :watercolour...

Badger Twins

Badger Twins

production method :ink...

Arkle and Pat Taaffe

Arkle and Pat Taaffe

production method :acrylic...

Stags in a Park

Stags in a Park

production method :pencil & watercolour...

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