2017 Talks

Voyage Around the World: Alexandro Postels and the Kelps of the North Pacific

Iridaea Ornata, Aleksandr Postels, c.1826-29, Cadbury Research Library


Friday, 17 March 2017


13:00 – 13:50


Muirhead Tower, Cadbury Research Library, Seminar Room (R21 on campus map)


Free, booking recommended.

In 1826 the corvette Séniavine left St Petersburg on a four year voyage around the world, now regarded as one of the great scientific expeditions of the 19th century. In the course of this voyage, artist and scientist Alexandro Postels, painted over 750 watercolours. His images of the giant kelps of the North Pacific were the first ever recorded and on his return to St Petersburg formed the basis of the monumental  work Illustrationes  Algarum (1840) written with F. Ruprecht.

Postel’s original watercolours are held by the Cadbury Research Library. Join artist Anne Parouty, and Martin Killeen, Rare Books Librarian, for a chance to view this beautiful and important work of marine science first hand, while hearing the story of how it found its way to Birmingham.

Presented by Cadbury Research Library.