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Scent from Nature: Beauty’s botanical origins

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Closed 24th December to 27th December 2021 and 31st December 2021 to 1st January 2022 inclusive closed Gallery closures and collection updates

Plants have been used in the beauty and fragrance industry for thousands of years, from ancient times up until the present day.

The exhibition features beautiful watercolours from our exceptional botanical collection which are displayed alongside a range of perfume vessels from ancient Egypt and Greece, as well as scent bottles from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Works include those by Pieter Withoos (1655-92), Nicolas Robert (1614–85), Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708–70), Joseph von Plenck (1735–1807), Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759–1840) and Henriette Knip (1783–1842).

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An image of Scent bottle

Scent bottle

M.4-1949

An image of Scent bottle

Scent bottle

M.154 & A-1973

An image of Scent bottle

Scent bottle

M.2 & A & B-1956

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