Author: Scientific Illustration


Blue Yellow-backed Warbler – From John James Audubon’s Birds of America, circa 1827-1830.


Abbott Handerson Thayer – Lunar Caterpillar, study for book Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom – 1921 – via Smithsonian


I’m E X C I T E D to announce that the June edition of Scientific American features my art on the cover. The original image I did in 2016 has taken me places, so it feels right that the revamped version is helping an Ediacaran expert tell her story to the world.


Botanical illustrations by Hendrik van

Reede tot Drakestein (1637?-1691).

Coloured line engravings.

Mango (Mangifera indica) 1683

2) Indian Copal (Vateria indica) 1683

3) Niepa Bark Tree
(Quassia indica) 1686

Connarus pinnatus Lam


Cittwodi, Hawar or Manchingi (Dolichandrone falcata Seem.)


Guatteria sempervirens DC


7) Mangrove Tree
(Rhizophora mucronata Lam) 1686

8) Arabian Jasmine
(Jasminum sambac) 1686

9) China Rose or Shoe Flower (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) 1686

Lannea coromandelica (1683)

Images and text information courtesy
Wellcome Collection. CC BY


Illustrations from the voyages on the yacht of prince Albert I of Monaco (1848-1922). Albert was a keen oceanographer and owned four different research ships, which he used for his expeditions to survey the waters of the world. The prince would bring scientists on board and travel with them collecting data about ocean fauna, geology and meteorology. During his lifetime he established the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and The Oceanographic Institute of Paris and provided much of his research and monetary resources to these institutions. 



natural history of the animal kingdom: animals described in systematic order and all the families in illustrations from nature

By Borowski, George Henry, 1746-1801 Johann Friedrich Wilhelm, 1743-1807
Sotzmann, DF,
Publication info Berlin ;bei Gottlieb August Lange,1780-1789.
BHL Collections:
Academy of Natural Sciences Library and Archives
Ernst Mayr Library of the MCZ, Harvard University
Smithsonian Libraries


This spectacular plant from the Amazon, with leaves growing up to 3m across, was named Victoria regia (now known as Victoria amazonica), in honour of Queen Victoria.
Illustration by W.H. Fitch.

From our Library Collections.


Aequorus Osdurum, the only deep-sea dwelling reptile known to man

Found around underwater volcanoes, feasting upon the local tube worms



Artwork by Franz Anthony / @franzanth

This plant-like animal belongs to the group called “sea buds,” known as blastoids in science. Like its relatives the sea lilies, they lived on the ocean floor, catching plankton with their bristles.

252MYA creates custom-made artwork for private collections and editorial, scientific, or educational projects.


Chestnut-coloured finch; Black-headed siskin; Black crown bunting; Arctic ground-finch. From John James Audubon’s Birds of America, 1837.