Raffles' Ark Redrawn: Natural History Drawings
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During Thomas Stamford Raffles's time as a colonial administrator in Southeast Asia, he assembled several thousand drawings of the local flora and fauna, Malay manuscripts and even live animals to take to Britain. The collection was tragically lost in transit in 1824 and Raffles immediately commissioned artists to set about replacing the illustrations. These new drawings are at the heart of the collection that was acquired by the British Library in 2007 and is explored in this beautifully illustrated book.