The study of natural history has always been a subject of fascination and is enjoyed by many around the world. 

Long before the widespread use of cameras, artists would travel far and wide to exotic places capturing on canvas breeds of animals which had previously only been seen by a lucky few. During the time of the Great Exhibition in 1851, these paintings, sketches and etchings took centre stage. This was the first ever international exhibition of manufactured products held at the purpose build Crystal Place. Attendees enjoyed the sights of objects they had never seen before - It was a truly a landmark period of discovery!



India Jane draws much of its inspiration from this wonderful time by re-visiting the archive of those who helped us fall in love with nature. Jean-James Audubon,  was an American ornithologist, naturalist and painter. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His Major work, a colour-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827-1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon identified 25 new species.


India Jane has chosen a selection of licensed images from this important time in British history and reproduced a collection of prints, framed by hand in England. The collection was so well received that in 2014 they launched a further selection images, but this time printed onto trays. An extension of this collection was then introduced in 2015 and now includes over 30 designs, with more planned in the new year. The vivid and often vibrant range includes Ornithological etchings, maps, architectural and even Colonial scenes; all of which are still very much enjoyed and admired today!




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