Monday, February 17, 2020

Online Trove of Natural History Images

From Tortoises, terrapins, and turtles,
London, Paris, and Frankfort :H. Sotheran, J. Baer & co.,1872.
Biodiversity Heritage Library is a free, online archive of more than 150,000 high resolution science-based renderings of insects, birds, flowers, and shells. You can scan through a vast collection of natural history artwork of fauna and flora, mostly created before the era of photography.
Biodiversity Heritage Library on Flickr
Smithsonian Magazine: "You Can Now Download 150,000 Free Illustrations of the Natural World"


Raja said...

These images painstakingly created by naturalists for scientific purposes can be rightly considered as art. The settings, and surrounding colouration are to mind aesthetic choices and parallel modern photography in magazines such as the National Geographic.

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nmsgwatercolors said...

How amazing!
So can you copy these in paintings you make to sell? I don't mean copy the whole plate as is, but say I need a turtle in a fairytale scene - can I copy one of these and stick it somewhere in my picture?

James Gurney said...

nmsgwatercolors, yes, there should be no issue in copying these, as everything before about 1923 is in the public domain.