The 20th Century saw the greatest changes in style, presentation and artistic interpretation of wildlife art. The transition form scientific drawings, to painting fauna in their natural habitat, was started mainly by sporting artists in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
After the Second World War the rapid growth in interest in the conservation of the countryside was reflected by the number of artists choosing to paint wildlife subjects. It led eventually to the creation in 1965 of the Society of Wildlife Artists, which became hugely influential in promoting new ideas.
Gone were the analytical images of museum specimens. In their stead came studies and sketches of living animals made whilst working in the field. Habitat and the environment gradually became more and more important, giving the freedom for artists to create their own unique styles.
This exhibition of paintings and sketches shows work by some of the most influential wildlife artists who have inspired many of the young today. Artists will include Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935), Allen Seaby (1867-1953), R.B.Talbot Kelly (1896-1971), Eric Ennion (1900-1981) Ralph Thompson (1913-2009) and Robert Gillmor (born 1936).