An exhibition of artists Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson‘s series of polar bear photographs (entitled nanoq: flat out and bluesome), a complete (or near-complete) archive of mounted polar bears in British collections, is currently on display at the Manchester Museum.
Residence of Lord and Lady Puttnam, London.
This bear is probably the most recent specimen to arrive on British shores. It was purchased by Lord and Lady Puttnam in 1999 at the famous Deyrolle taxidermy shop in Paris.
Private Residence, Somerset.
Once resident at Fox’s Glacier Mints, this specimen was bought from the factory in 1973 by the present owner’s sister and presented to him on his twenty-first birthday.
The exhibition is part of the Museum’s The Evolutionist: A Darwin Extravaganza series of events and runs until July 11, 2010. The accompanying publication nanoq: flat out and bluesome: A Cultural Life of Polar Bears (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2006) is available at the Museum shop. Entry to the exhibition is free.
See my review of the exhibition here.
All images courtesy of the artists Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson.