Album of 175 watercolours of birds by Sarah Stone

Sarah Stone was probably the first English woman painter of animals to achieve professional recognition.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour, ink & pencil on paper
Dimensions:
44 x 56 cm
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £80,000)
Acquired in:
1996
Vendor:
British Rail Pension Fund

The high degree of accuracy was assured in Sarah's work, this was essential if a natural history drawing was to be useful for identification purposes. The bird paintings of Sarah Stone, an important visual record of the specimens held in collections in England in the late eighteenth century, include some from the voyages of Captain Cook. Since most of the actual specimens have been destroyed as a result of imperfect preservation, a collection of drawings such as this is one of the few records of what the collections contained. Few collectors of this time produced catalogues, and, for some birds, not only have the stuffed skins disappeared, but the bird has become extinct. Some of the species represented here fall into that category.

Provenance

Mr Hugh Fattorini; British Rail Pension Fund; loaned to the natural History Museum, 1991.

Venue details

Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, LONDON London SW7 5BD 020 7942 5000 www.nhm.ac.uk

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