Exhibition: Walking with Birds
The Art of Audubon and MacGillivray, part of Festival of Social Science.
The friendship between a nineteenth-century Aberdeen professor, William MacGillivray, and the American naturalist and artist John James Audubon profoundly impacted the scientific study of birds.
The exhibition showcases Audubon’s spectacular ‘Birds of America’, a metre-high book filled with Audubon’s stunning life-size colour depictions of American bird species, with text prepared by MacGillivray. It explores the intrepid travels of both men - including MacGillivray’s often humorous account of his epic journey on foot from Aberdeen to London - and their legacies in the worlds of zoology, ornithology and environmental conservation.
Venue: The Sir Duncan Rice Library