PREVIEW: Second Nature: The Art of Charles Tunnicliffe RA, Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts is to present an exhibition that concentrates on the work of one of the best known wildlife artists of the 20th century. 

Long-eared owl, Charles Tunnicliffe R.A., wood-engraving, diploma work accepted 1954. (c) Estate of the artist. Photo (c) Royal Academy of Arts. 

On display in the Royal Academy’s Tennant Gallery from the 11th July, the exhibition will feature a number of the artist’s distinctive etchings and wood-engravings, some of which he presented to the Academy following his election as a Royal Academician in 1954.

Considered to be one of the best known wildlife artists of the 20th century, Charles Tunnicliffe won great acclaim for his depictions of birds and other wildlife.

The display will feature a set of watercolours that he exhibited at the RA Summer Exhibitions as well as a selection of Tunnicliffe’s book illustrations such as the 1932 first illustrated edition of Henry Williamson’s Tarka the Otter and What to Look For Ladybird series.

Second Nature: The Art of Charles Tunnicliffe is displayed to coincide with the publication of a comprehensive new catalogue raisonné of Tunnicliffe’s prints, written by print historians Professor Robert Meyrick and Dr Harry Heuser.

This new exhibition will also feature a specified area for families to read and look at Ladybird books and take part in a number of activities. To go alongside the exhibition, the Royal Academy will hold a programme of events for families including storytelling and a family studio where children will be able to draw from real life animals as part of Open House London.

Second Nature: The Art of Charles Tunnicliffe will be on display at the Royal Academy of Arts from the 11th July until the 8th October. For more information visit:

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