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ETOA Tour Operators Drinks Reception 2016

  • Date: 22 Sep, 2016
  • Location: The Queen’s Gallery, London
  • Contact: Morgan-Hayley Bell
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  • Phone: +44 (0)20 7290 1200

Exclusive annual event for Tour Operator members of ETOA.

Held for the sixth year running in the ornate Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, ETOA members will enjoy a private view of a dual exhibition: Maria Merian's Butterflies and Scottish Artists 1750 -1900 from Caledonia to the Continent accompanied by drinks, canapés and opportunities to catch up with other ETOA members and learn the latest news from Royal Collection Trust.

Maria Merian's Butterflies

In 1699, the German artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian set sail for Suriname, in South America. There she would spend two years studying the animals and plants which she encountered, aiming to explore the life-cycle of insects (then only partially understood). Those studies led to the publication of the Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (the Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname), a luxury volume which brought the wonders of Suriname to Europe.

Maria Merian's Butterflies tells Merian’s story through her works in the Royal Collection, acquired by George III. Many are luxury versions of the plates of the Metamorphosis, partially printed and partially hand painted onto vellum by the artist herself. Over three hundred years after they were made, these meticulous, brilliant works celebrate a woman whose art and whose story are enduringly popular.

Scottish Artists

Scottish Artists brings together paintings, drawings and miniatures collected by monarchs from George III to Queen Victoria.

Including works by Allan Ramsay and Sir David Wilkie, who were born in Scotland but travelled abroad, and of Alexander Nasmyth and James Giles, whose inspiration remained firmly rooted in their native land, this exhibition highlights the importance and influence of artists whose work was shaped by the ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment.





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