Around the world with Robert Elwes

The admired Victorian artist-traveller Robert Elwes' paintings, previously believed to have been destroyed by fire with his house, have recently been rediscovered by The Watercolour World

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How watercolour shaped the British coastline

Scientists are using paintings to chart the long-term effects of climate change and  development on the coast.  

The woman who transformed scientific illustration

Maria Sibylla Merian went to Suriname in 1699 to study insects. The images she made were groundbreaking

The Bristol riots of 1831

In October 1831, major riots broke out in Bristol as people fought for representation and societal reform

Mount Vesuvius

Whenever the volcano erupted, artists would flock to it instead of running for cover

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