Author: Scientific Illustration

wapiti3: Common mushrooms of the United States…


Common mushrooms of the United States 

by Louis C. C. Krieger

Publication info Washington :National Geographic Society,1920.
Contributing Library:
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, Ontario College of Art & Design
BioDiv. Library

cincylibrary:White crane. From The Birds of Eu…


White crane. From The Birds of Europe by John Gould. 

Plates drawn from life and on stone by J. and E. Gould and E. Lear. 1837

lindahall: Etienne Ventenat – Scientist of the…


Ventenat – Scientist of the Day

Ventenat, a French botanist, was born Mar. 1, 1757.  

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theartfulgene: Drawings by Charles Alexandre L…


Drawings by Charles Alexandre Lesueur. 

Lesueur was a French naturalists, explorer and researcher. In 1801, when Lesueur was in his early twenties, he traveled from France on an expedition to Tasmania and Australia. Initially, his role was supposed to be as an artists for the expedition but when the expedition’s zoologists died he took over those duties as well. During the expedition the crew collected close to 100,000 different specimens of which 2,500 were newly discovered species and Lesueur drew at least 1,500 of the collected specimens. During the trip he also made the only known drawings of the now-extinct King Island emus in their natural habitat. 

Image sources here,  here and here



Dinosaur art by Wayne Barlowe from An Alphabet of Dinosaurs by Peter Dodson, 1995. 

wapiti3: Flora Londinensis, or, Plates and de…


Flora Londinensis, or, Plates and descriptions of such plants as grow wild in the environs of London with their places of growth, and times of flowering, their several names according to Linnæus and other authors : with a particular description of each plant in Latin and English : to which are added, their several uses in medicine, agriculture, rural œco

Publication info London :Printed for and sold by the author … and B. White,1777.
Contributor: Smithsonian Libraries
Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library

cincylibrary: Maria Sibylla Merian was a leadi…


Maria Sibylla Merian was a leading innovator in entomological studies and scientific illustration through the 17th and 18th centuries. She is among the first naturalists to learn by direct observation. One of Merian’s greatest contributions to the field of scientific art is her holistic approach to living subjects. These are often depicted within the context of their natural environments, their food sources and life stages clearly represented. Perhaps most notably, her detailed drawings of the life cycle of butterflies became the first widespread representation of insect metamorphosis. She understood the importance of ecological study years before it was formally introduced.


A close inspection of her work, Erucarum Ortus (1718), reveals Merian also had a sense of humor. Several of her cocooned subjects bear a near-human likeness, with comical expressions that seem to defy the times and seriousness of her work. A reminder of her role both as scientist and creative genius, Merian’s wit shines through.

cut-off-all-my-fingers: Bot Fly Deer Larvae


Bot Fly Deer Larvae



The royal natural history – Richard Lydekker – 1893 – via Internet Archive



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