Curiosities – part of my collection of curious prints

Much (though not all), of the inspiration for the images in this post comes from descriptions of the collections made by 18th century collectors.

I have always had a fascination with museums, collecting and collections, in particular with Cabinets of Curiosity or ‘Wunderkammer’ which were created by collectors at this time, and which have formed the basis of many of our most well known museum collections.

The 18th century was truly the ‘Age of Enlightenment’, with many new discoveries made in science and in the natural world, through the voyages of great explorers and collectors such as James Cook, Joseph Banks and John Tradescant.

However, despite their new found knowledge and understanding people in this time retained their sense of wonder and a belief in the marvellous, and fantastical, which I think we have lost in our modern world of absolutes with its strict divisions between the real and imagined, and between science and the arts.

Chameleon, etching on paper
Chameleon, etching on paper
The Bay of Algiers, etching on paper
The Bay of Algiers, etching on paper
Santa Sophia
Santa Sophia etching on paper
Beans etching on paper
Beans etching on paper

 

 

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