An exhibition of work by one of the country’s leading bird artists of the 1800s is being held at the home of art dealer Peter Johnson.

Illustrations by John Gould, who died in 1881, will be on display at Rippington Manor in Great Gransden next month.

Also an ornithologist, he worked for the museum at the Zoological Society in London, which brought him into contact with Charles Darwin.

His illustrations filled numerous bird books covering species in Europe and Australia.

The exhibition opens on July 3 and will be open on weekdays from 10am-6pm until July 9. Entry is free. It will be housed in a barn at Rippington Manor, 16 Church Street, Great Gransden, next to St Bartholomew’s Church.