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Between 1846 and 1858 William Pengelley systematically excavated and recorded a many human artifacts and animal bones at Kents Cavern in Devon. The caves came to be one of the most informative sites in the first half of the 19th century. The chambers and passages at Kents Cavern were created around 2 million years ago. During the Ice Age, when temperatures dipped sharply, early humans and prehistoric animals used the cave for shelter.
Company School botanical drawings
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the East India Company controlled much of the Indian subcontinent. Keen to exploit and export valuable natural commodities, the Company set out to record the flora of India and commissioned Indian artists to create detailed botanical illustrations.
Company School style paintings became popular with wealthy Europeans. It was not uncommon for East India Company officials (who were not employed as medics or botanists) to build their own personal collections of paintings depicting Indian flora and fauna. This collection of 86 works belonged to local botanist Richard Cresswell.