The University of Dundee Museum Collections have been awarded £100,000 towards a collection of art inspired by Sir DArcy Wentworth Thompson, the Universitys first professor of biology.
Untitled (large head) by William Turnbull, 1955
- Watercolor and gouache on paper
- 56 x 76 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £7,767 ( Total: £8,840)
- Acquired in:
- Osborne Samuel Ltd
Thompson founded a vast museum of natural history in the 1880s, which he used as a research base while writing his internationally significant book On Growth and Form, 1917. This pioneered the science of mathematical biology and helped build a bridge between the sciences and the arts, becoming influencial on Henry Moore, Eduardo Paolozzi and William Turnbull. The museum was demolished in the 1950s, but the remaining collection continues to be housed in the University of Dundees Zoology Museum, which opened to the public in 2008. The £100,000 given to the museum through the Art Funds Renew project will go towards developing a capsule collection of significant contemporary works inspired by the work and collections of DArcy Thompson
Acquired from the artist 1950s; Robert Devereux collection; James Hyman Gallery; Osborne Samuel.
Entry detailsFree to all
Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries Mon-Fri, 9.30am – 7pm Sat, 1 – 5pm D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum Jun – Aug (or throughout the year by appointment) Fri, 2 – 4.30pm Artists’ Book Collection Dundee By appointment Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm