Cabinet of Curiosities

This series of more than 40 paintings and drawings explores ideas of collecting, beauty, and stillness by ‘writing back’ to the objects of fascination that made up personal collections in 18th-century and early 20th-century Britain. Together, these works make their own cabinet of curiosity: similar in subject-matter to the cabinets of curiosity of old, but removed from them by being representations of the subjects rather than the specimens themselves.

lepidoptera grid, by annabel carington
‘Lepidoptera Grid’ (watercolour on paper). © Annabel Carington 2018.
Forest Cuckoo Bumblebee
‘Forest Cuckoo Bumblebee’ (Bombus hortorum), watercolour on paper, 25 x 27 cm.                          © Annabel Carington 2019
Hairy-footed Flower Bee
‘Hairy-footed Flower Bee’ (Anthophora plumipes), watercolour on paper, 25 x 27cm.                      © Annabel Carington 2019.
Atlas Moth diptych (framed), by Annabel Carington
Atlas Moth diptych (Attacus atlas), watercolour on paper, 36 x 72cm. © Annabel Carington, 2018
rhinocerous beetle. 30.5.18 3
Five-horned Rhinoceros Beetle (Eupatorus gracilicornis), watercolour on paper, 15 x 20cm.         © Annabel Carington 2018.
long-armed chafer beetle (framed). 30.5.18 4
Macleay’s Long-armed Chafer Beetle (Cheirotonus macleai), watercolour on paper, 15 x 20cm.    © Annabel Carington 2018.
Malagasy Honeybee, by Annabel Carington
Malagasy Honeybee (Apis mellifera unicolour), watercolour on paper, 17 x 22cm. © Annabel Carington 2018.
European Honeybee, by Annabel Carington
European Honeybee (Apis mellifera mellifera), watercolour on paper, 17 x 22 cm.                           © Annabel Carington 2018. 
Dot Moth by Annabel Carington
Dot Moth (Melanchra persicariae), pencil on paper, 20 x 20 cm. © Annabel Carington 2018.
magpie moth
Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata), pencil on paper, 20 x 20cm. © Annabel Carington 2018. 
December Moth
December Moth (Poecilocampa populi), watercolour on paper, 20 x 20cm.                                          © Annabel Carington 2017.
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Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja), watercolour on paper, 10 x 10cm.                                          © Annabel Carington 2017.

 

Welsh Clearwing
Welsh Clearwing (Synanthedon scoliaeformis), pencil on paper, 31 x 39cm.                                        © Annabel Carington 2018.