Catesby: Watercolours From The Royal Collection

7/6/2013 - 10/12/2013
This major exhibition featuring watercolours loaned from the Royal Collection celebrates the life and works of East Anglian naturalist and artist Mark Catesby. Catesby, who spent his childhood in Sudbury, travelled to North America to produce the first detailed study of the flora and fauna of the 'New World'. A selection of 27 of Catesby's original watercolour studies will be on display. To discover more about the Royal Collection Trust, go to
While many have seen Mark Catesby's etchings relatively few have seen his original watercolors in the Royal  Library that he used to prepare the etchings for his Natural History.
The general  public now has its first opportunity to see some of them since the last century, when some of them  were exhibited at four museums in the US, in Japan and the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.
Twenty seven of them are currently on exhibition at Gainsborough House, in Sudbury, Suffolk, England until  October 12.  If you are in the UK during this period this is a great opportunity to see them, and it may well not come again.  When at Windsor they are accessible only to approved scholars by specific appointment.
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