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Julie Cockburn, "Beetles Book," 2002, altered book, Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
Unknown artist, "Yellow-eyed Babbler" perched on Chinese hat plant, India, ca. 1770, watercolor, heightened with gouache, with pen and ink over graphite, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Unknown maker, "Basket," ca. 1820, silk thread, cut paper, and watercolor, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Workshop of Tulsi Das Nimbark, "Hoopoe on a Branch, Jaipur, India" (detail), 2009, gouache on printed leaf of text, Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Holly Shaffer
Yale Center for British Art: "Blackbere" from "Helmingham Herbal and Bestiary" (detail), ca. 1500, Paul Mellon Collection; Rosaleen Wain, "Blackberry" (detail), from "A Printmaker’s Flora: an Anthology of the Names of British Wild Flowers," (Devon: Dartington Hall, Dartington Printmakers, 1996), Friends of British Art Fund
John Dilnot, "Weeds and Pests" (detail), 2009, screenprint, Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
Mandy Bonnell, "Bethany Seeds," (London: EMH Arts, 2013), wood engraving, Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
James Bolton, one of twenty drawings depicting specimens from the natural history cabinet of Anna Blackburne, ca. 1768, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund, in honor of Jane and Richard C. Levin, President of Yale University (1993-2013)
Sarah Morpeth, "Crow Landscape," 2008, cut paper, wire, and acrylic ink, Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
Four Victorian microscope slides, (zoophytes, shells, and seaweed from Yarmouth), ca. 1860, paper, glass, pen and ink, with natural specimens, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Unknown artist, "Camberwell Beauty" from "Album of drawings of English moths, butterflies, flowers, and mollusks," 1805–1822, pen and ink and watercolor, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Yale Center for British Art: Unknown collector, "The Butter Cup," natural specimens with pen and ink mounted on paper, from "Album of Pressed Wild Flowers," 1882-1899, Paul Mellon Fund; Jane Hyslop, "Herbarium Series: Buttercup," 2009, colored etching, cut out and mounted on sheet, Friends of British Art Fund
John Dilnot, "Bishops Wood," 2013, natural specimens, found objects, and cut paper, in glass-topped wooden box, Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
Tracey Bush, "British Butterflies: Museum Box, no. 1," 2004, cut paper, mounted with specimen pins, in glass-topped cardboard box, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Simon Basyll, "Survey of Hertford Castle," 1608, pen and ink with watercolor and gouache on parchment, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Eileen Hogan, "Ian Hamilton Finlay," 2012, oil paint and charcoal on paper, mounted on card, Collection of the artist
Ken Campbell, "Father’s Garden," (London, 1989), letterpress, Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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'Artists’ Books and the Natural World' exhibit

Just in time for spring, the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) presents "'Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower': Artists' Books and the Natural World," an exhibition examining the intersection between artistic and scientific interests in the natural world from the 16th century to the present. The show explores depictions of Britain's countryside and its native plant and animal life through more than 200 objects drawn primarily from the center’s collections, including traditional bound books, drawings, and prints, as well as experimental media incorporating cut paper, wood, stone, natural specimens, sound, video, and interactive multimedia. On view May 15–Aug. 10 at the YCBA (1080 Chapel St.), "Artists' Books and the Natural World" is free and open to the public.
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