Throughout my travels, I have wandered past rows of glass cabinets, 19th century cupboards, zoological laboratories, and dioramas. I have been searching for Andrew Downs’ specimens— animals taken from the forests of Nova Scotia, who passed through the proprietor’s hands before joining zoological collections in museums abroad. At this time, I have yet to locate any such specimens with certainty; however, I have encountered displaced Canadian wildlife dispersed throughout each institution I entered. I visited as many animals as I could, carrying images of home to share with them.
The photo essay below documents my efforts.
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These photos are printed with permission from: Natural History Museum, London; Oxford University Museum of Natural History; Natural History Museum at Tring; The Department of Zoology, Cambridge University. Photographer: Chris Friel, Editing: Chris Friel, D’Arcy Wilson.