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  • Collection: Flora and Fauna

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In the latter years of the 15th century, Flemish manuscript illuminators initiated a new approach to the embellishment of borders—the area of a page that surrounds the painted miniature or, as in the two sheets on view here, the written text.…

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John Gould’s earliest career path followed the one taken by his father, who was a gardener in the Royal Gardens at Windsor Castle. Working so closely with nature encouraged an additional interest in taxidermy, in which he became proficient enough…

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Born into a family of artists in the town of Saint-Hubert, then a part of the Southern Netherlands but today a municipality in Belgium, Pierre-Joseph Redouté traveled to Paris in 1782 to work with his brother as a designer of scenery in the theater.…

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Gould was particularly fond of hummingbirds. Over his lifetime he amassed a collection that exceeded 5,000 specimens. During the Great Exhibition, held in London over the warmer months of 1851, he took advantage of the vast Crystal Palace crowds to…

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Born into a family of artists in the town of Saint-Hubert, then a part of the Southern Netherlands but today a municipality in Belgium, Pierre-Joseph Redouté traveled to Paris in 1782 to work with his brother as a designer of scenery in the theater.…

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Very little is known about Pancrace Bessa’s earliest training; however, he is recorded as one of the few private students of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, whose work is also represented in this exhibition. After completing his training, Bessa went on to…

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Object inscriptions: top left corner: No. 96.; top right corner: Pl. 478.; bottom center: W.E.H. / Red-throated Diver. / 1, Male Summer Plumage. 2, do. Winter, 3, Female. 4, Young.; bottom left corner: Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon, F.R.S.F.L.S.;…

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Object inscriptions: in plate: top left: No..99; top right: Pl. 493.; bottom center: W. F. [illegible] / Shattucks Bunting. / Male; bottom left: Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F.R.S.F.L.S.; bottom right: Lith. Printed & Cold. by J. T. Bowen,…

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Like many of the people in his hometown of Paisley, Scotland, Alexander Wilson found employment, while still a young teenager, in the area’s burgeoning weaving industry. An interest in poetry, though—he was inspired by the writings of Robert…

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Very little is known about this charming watercolor aside from its provenance. It was once held in the collection of Charles de Graimberg (1774–1864), a Parisian nobleman who fled with his family to England at the start of the French Revolution.…
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