Anglo-Nepalese Zoological Illustrations: Brian Houghton Hodgson and the Zoology of the Himalayas

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 11

LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 1 February 2017

Image © The Zoological Society of London.

In this lunchtime lecture, Dr David Lowther FLS – Durham University – will talk about one of the most important collections of 19th -century zoological illustrations. Amassed by Brian Houghton Hodgson (1801–1894) in Nepal between 1820 and 1843, the collections are now held in the archives of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Prompted by ongoing research at the ZSL, this short paper explores the complex modern status of the watercolours, arguing that the tension between art and science has obscured their extraordinary worth as products of a key transitional period in European zoology. Beautiful material artefacts of a lost scientific culture, how we interpret them in a post-imperial world has profound implications for our understanding of the development of the modern life sciences.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is not necessary. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Tea and coffee will be served in the Library following the event.

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