At the Natural History Museum's Jerwood Galler is an enticingly displayed exhibition of work by a little-known but influential painter. Joseph Wolf - Capturing the Moment is an introduction to wildlife painting and Victorian attitudes towards animals.
Wolf was born in 1820 on a farm in Koblenz, Germany, the eldest of five children, but he always showed more interest in sketching the animals than tending them. He left home at 16 to become a lithographer and, by 1848, was sufficiently well known to be invited to England, where he spent the rest of his life.
London Zoo was expanding in the mid-19th century and Wolf became the official zoo artist in 1851. The Natural History Museum produces school materials about its permanent displays and there is an activity sheet, Art of Nature, free to visitors and suitable for children over eight. For information: 020 7942 5555; www.nhm.ac.ukeducation
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