Bird artists’ work on show at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

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In the mid-1800s, naturalist Thomas Campbell Eyton was buying watercolours and prints of birds by the carriage load.

In the mid-1800s, naturalist Thomas Campbell Eyton was buying watercolours and prints of birds by the carriage load.

Now part of the Ruskin Collection, the illustrations show the beauty of birds, yet many of those depicted have now vanished or are under threat.

The Illustrated Aviary, which is on show at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery, features 70 works by notable bird artists such as John James Audubon, Edward Lear and John Gould. There is also a new commission from contemporary artist Mr Finch and specimens from Museums Sheffield’s natural history collection.

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