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The story behind

“Tyger! Tyger! burning bright 
In the forests of the night” 
Alice Shirley learned William Blake’s poem The Tyger, written in 1794, when she was a schoolgirl. Hailed as a forerunner of the Romantic movement, the celebrated English poet and painter was born in London in 1757, and died there in 1827. Once learned, never forgotten, the poem’s mesmerizing words are imprinted in the hearts of generations of children.
Now a talented young illustrator, Alice Shirley offers an affectionate portrait of the great beast, reclining in gentle majesty on a bed of flowers, beneath a star-filled sky. Specialising in the animal kingdom, Shirley is a frequent collaborator with London’s Natural History Museum. There, in the Museum Library, she discovered the magnificent collection of botanical illustrations commissioned by the East India Company, including the flora of the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Indian state of Kerala. Here, she depicts the tiger at home, in his natural habitat.

The story behind

“Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night”
Alice Shirley learned William Blake’s poem The Tyger, written in 1794, as a schoolgirl. Hailed as a forerunner of the Romantic movement, the celebrated English poet and painter was born in London in 1757, and died there in 1827. Once learned, never forgotten, the poem’s mesmerizing words are imprinted in the hearts of generations of children.
Now a talented young illustrator, Alice Shirley offers an affectionate portrait of the great beast, reclining in gentle majesty on a bed of flowers, beneath a star-filled sky. Specialising in the animal kingdom, Shirley is a regular collaborator with London’s Natural History Museum. Here, in the museum library, she discovered the magnificent collection of botanical illustrations commissioned by the East India Company, including the flora of the Periyar tiger reserve in the Indian state of Kerala. Here, she depicts the tiger at home, in his natural habitat.
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