BIRDS AND THE BEES: COLOUR IN VICTORIAN NATURE

This talk takes place ONLINE only via Zoom

Booking is required


With Madeline Hewitson, Research Assistant

Following John Ruskin’s dictum to ‘go to nature in all singleness of heart… rejecting nothing, selecting nothing and scorning nothing’, many Victorian artists were drawn outdoors to revel in the offerings of the natural world.

Against the backdrop of Charles Darwin’s defining publication On the Origin of Species (1859), the plumage of a bird, the iridescent shimmer of a fish scale and the delicate hue of butterfly wings took on a new, exciting significance for artists.

Ruskin is often credited with encouraging these artists to 'go to nature', but the artistic relationships were actually rather more complicated than they might appear.

Henry Stacy Marks's colourful 'Studies of a white-crested laughing thrush, a cock of the rock and a yellow macaw' watercolour over graphite on paper

Henry Stacy Marks's colourful 'Studies of a white-crested laughing thrush, a cock of the rock and a yellow macaw' watercolour, 1877


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The event will take place online and in-person at the Ashmolean.

Booking is essential and tickets are £7.

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