Artist Colony: Drawing Sydney’s Nature

The excitement Europeans felt for Australia’s natural world sparked a creative outpouring that provided evidence of the abundance of new and exotic species. These first visual impressions in turn inspired a wave of drawing and collecting throughout the world.

Artist Colony draws from the TAL & Dai-ichi Life Derby collection comprising 745 exquisite drawings and watercolours.

The exhibition, featuring a lavish showcase of 100 rich and evocative late 18th century natural history drawings, tells an intriguing story of obsession and the thirst for knowledge. It reveals the extraordinary artistic culture that emerged out of the early colony’s harsh and unforgiving environment.

Events
Events

Enjoy a range of exhibition talks and tours.

Film
Film

View the exhibition film.

Learning
Learning

Discover the learning programs available onsite and online.

Book
Book

Purchase Natural Curiosity: Art of the First Fleet which highlights the collection.

Shop
Shop

Order your archival prints and purchase exhibition merchandise from the Library Shop.

Curio

Explore the exhibition through our innovative mobile app.

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