What's new

The items below highlight our latest and noteworthy curated image collections. Select an image below to view the full set for each collection.

What's New
What's New

View the most recent additions to our online collection

The Midshipman and the First Fleet
The Midshipman and the First Fleet

George Raper (1769-1796) - A collection of his illustrations made during his time onboard HMS Sirius, the flagship of the First Fleet.

Georg Dionysius Ehret
Georg Dionysius Ehret

Georg Ehret (1708-1770) - the botanical illustrations of the German botanist.

The Structure of a Flower
The Structure of a Flower

Arthur Harry Church (1865 - 1937) - the floral illustrations of a botanist.

Nocturnal Animals
Nocturnal Animals

A collection of specimens showcasing a crossection of the animals that come to life in the dark of night

Scientists of the Natural World
Scientists of the Natural World

A collection of portraits of the women and men who have contributed to the study and understanding of the natural world throughout history.

The Piltdown Man
The Piltdown Man

The famous paleoanthropological hoax of the 20th century

Mammals
Mammals

John James Audobon's illustrations of mammals

Margaret Bushby Lascelles Cockburn
Margaret Bushby Lascelles Cockburn

Margaret Cockburn (1829-1928), was an artist and amateur ornithologist who spent her life in India. She spent her lifetime recording, through art, the local natural history that surrounded her.

Challenger Expedition 1872-1876
Challenger Expedition 1872-1876

HMS Challenger - the voyage, people, ship, places, and specimens collected on the epic expedition that circumnavigated the globe

Volcanos
Volcanos

Campi Phlegraei - commissioned by the volcanologist Sir William Hamilton and drawn by the artist Pietro Fabris, this fabulous collection of illustrations documents eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius and Mt. Etna, and the specimens that Hamilton collected throughout the 1770s.

Banks' Florilegium
Banks' Florilegium

Botanical prints of specimens, collected on Captain's Cook's First Voyage. HMS Endeavour 1768-1771

Joseph Banks
Joseph Banks

Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) was a world renowned naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences. These images feature a selection of artefacts from his breathtaking natural history collection.

Parkinson and the Endeavour Expedition
Parkinson and the Endeavour Expedition

Sydney Parkinson - a prolific artist who was commissioned by Sir Joseph Banks to record all the specimens collected during Captain Cook's first voyage on HMS Endeavour, 1768 - 1771

The Dodo
The Dodo

Dodo - the extinct flightless bird from the island of Mauritius

Forster and Cook's Second Voyage
Forster and Cook's Second Voyage

Georg (George) Forster (1754-1794) - Naturalist, journalist and revolutionary. A collection of his artwork from his time on HMS Resolution (1772-1775).

Mary Anning
Mary Anning

Mary Anning (1799-1847) was an important fossil hunter and amateur paleontologist at the beginning of the 19th century. This collection showcases her work and some of her best fossil discoveries.

Alfred Russel Wallace
Alfred Russel Wallace

A.R Wallace (1823-1913) - naturalist, geographer, explorer, biologist and social activist - his life's work in images

Terra Nova
Terra Nova

Terra Nova Expedition, also known as the British Antartic Expedition (1910-1913) - speciemens collected, photographs taken and illustrations drawn, all recording the expedition's findings

Sloane Collection
Sloane Collection

Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) - the famous naturalist and physician, and his magnificent collection of natural history artefacts

Rothschild and Tring
Rothschild and Tring

Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, and his home at Tring Park (now part of the Natural History Museum)

Birthstone Collection
Birthstone Collection

Birthstones - showcasing a selection of the museum's precious gem collection.

Wild Cats
Wild Cats

Joseph Wolf (1820-1899) - hand-coloured lithographs of his illustrations of cats in the wild. From Daniel Giraud Elliot's "A Monograph of the Felidae". 1883

Foraging for Nature's Food
Foraging for Nature's Food

Illustrations from the NHM Nettle Cookbook

Neave Parker
Neave Parker

Neave Parker's dinosaur illustrations.

Meteorites
Meteorites

Meteorites from the museum's spectacular collection.

Zoology of HMS Beagle
Zoology of HMS Beagle

Charles Darwin's voyage on HMS Beagle - (1832-1836) Illustrations of the mammals that were encountered along the way.

Rare Treasures
Rare Treasures

Drawings from some of our library's most prized and rare books

The John Reeves Collection
The John Reeves Collection

John Reeves's collection showcasing a unique selection of botanical, zoological and entomological drawings depicting the natural history of China

The Bauer Brothers
The Bauer Brothers

Franz and Ferdinand Bauer, from Kew Gardens to Australia, the most significant work of the Austrian artists.

Mrs Tonge's Travels in India
Mrs Tonge's Travels in India

Olivia Fanny Tonge (1858-1949) - Fascinating illustrations from her sketchbooks, drawn during her travels in India at the beginning of the 20th century.

Hintze Hall and the Wonder Bays
Hintze Hall and the Wonder Bays

The recently refurbished Hintze Hall, and all the wonders it contains.

A History of Life in Fossils
A History of Life in Fossils

Remarkable fossils that illustrate the evolution of life on Earth

Maria Sibylla Merian
Maria Sibylla Merian

Paintings by the celebrated 17th and 18th century German artist and entomologist

Women Artists of Nature
Women Artists of Nature

Specially selected artworks by women from the seventeenth century to the present day.

First Fleet
First Fleet

Watling Collection - Celebrating the 230th anniversary of the First Fleet's departure from England, bound for Australia, on 13th May 1787. The art of Thomas Watling, George Raper, and the Port Jackson Painter.

Whales
Whales

Celebrating whales at the Natural History Museum. From the opening of the new Whale Hall in the 1930s, to the new exhibition, Whales: Beneath the Surface, opening this month in Hintze Hall..

Treasures of the Natural World
Treasures of the Natural World

A celebration of the best of the museum's collection, including the rare, the beautiful and the unusual

Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

The life and work of the world renowned naturalist

Butterflies
Butterflies

A selection of our beautiful butterflies, from specimens to paintings

Images from our Archives
Images from our Archives

Life in the early days of the Natural History Museum

Waterhouse and the NHM
Waterhouse and the NHM

Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905) and the Natural History Museum's iconic building that he designed.

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