Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Library is one of the UK’s largest repositories of animal images. There are approximately 6,000 original artworks, mainly watercolours, which were produced in the nineteenth century, but the collection dates from the early seventeenth century to the end of the twentieth century. The Library also holds a number of sculptures of the Zoo’s famous animals. In the nineteenth century the best professional zoological artists were engaged by the Society to illustrate its scientific work and their paintings form a major part of the Library’s collection. Artists represented in the relatively small collection of oil paintings include J. L. Agasse, Roelandt Savery, George Edward Lodge and William Timym. Iconic animals depicted include the famous gorilla 'Guy' and the giant pandas 'Chi Chi' and 'An-An', as well as portraits of people associated with ZSL such as the animal painter Joseph Wolf and ZSL’s founder Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. One of the most important paintings is Roelandt Savery’s painting of a dodo: 'Dodo in a Landscape with Animals' – the now extinct dodo was painted from life!
Zoological Society of London
The Library, Regent's Park, London, Greater London NW1 4RY England
020 7449 6293http://www.zsl.org/about-us/library/
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