Butterfly Illustration

Animals and art are two of my greatest loves so it’s only natural that I would combine the two for a Pinterest Board, Animals in Art. https://www.pinterest.com/lissaemmett/animals-in-art/. I actually had a book when I was a child that had that very title, I believe. It was a lovely, sophisticated book filled with illustrations of great works of art featuring animals. I’m sure I still have it. I really do need to do more unpacking.

This pin is a scientific illustration of butterflies.

Butterfly illustration

I love scientific and botanical illustrations. This pin took me to Vintage Printable and an entire page of mostly butterfly art. http://vintageprintable.com/vintage-printable-animal/animal-insect-butterfly-mostly/. You must check it out. Not only is the work portrayed beautiful, public domain and copyright free (with disclosures), but their About page and FAQs are good reading. I especially like their answer to the FAQ “Any financial disclosures or other disclosures that may influence your content?”: “We are a free-with-ads model, and accept ads from networks. So far no one has given us any free stuff whatsoever, and frankly, we feel a little neglected, but, we choose to be anonymous and it’s hard to accept bribery when you don’t want the other person to know who you are. Our professional/social background does influence us in our selection, organization, descriptors and tags for the images. For instance, we don’t say “monkeys” but rather “non-human primates.” We also put religious images under the “Mythology” section. (See our “Images of Hell” collection.) In our other blog about neuroscience, we rail on and on about the financial services industry all the time, and some of that probably spills over to here.

The image on Vintage Printable, though, does not identify the illustrator of the butterflies so, once again, I Googled the image. I discovered the print comes from the book The Natural History of British Butterflies by Georges Cuvier and James Duncan. I’m still not sure who did the illustrating but both Cuvier and Duncan were renowned zoologists. Here is the plate from the book: http://tinyurl.com/hn598at

I was able to find more on Cuvier than Duncan as Cuvier is considered the founder of comparative anatomy and seems to warrant a bit more history. Here is a book of his illustrations: https://books.google.com/books/about/Cuvier_s_Animals.html?id=iEUxdc76o-AC. And here is a digital version of Duncan’s book on Foreign Butterflies: http://tinyurl.com/z8q7m5f. Enjoy exploring.



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