Birds. Ornithological studies done by British artist Sir William Strickland, Baronet, who lived from 1753 to 1834. All of these taken from a current auction catalog on Christie’s website.

Pencil, watercolor and bodycolor. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/sir-william-strickland-bt-1753-1834-59/102656#lot-details-image-carousel
Pencil, watercolor and bodycolor. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/sir-william-strickland-bt-1753-1834-59/102656#lot-details-image-carousel
Pencil, watercolor and bodycolor. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/sir-william-strickland-bt-1753-1834-59/102656#lot-details-image-carousel

Watercolors of fruit and flowers, done between 1828 and 1833 by Bavarian artist Kaspar Hauser about whom very little is known. Also drew.

Basket of fruit. 1828-1833. Bavarian. Kaspar Hauser, watercolorist. Image source commons.wikimedia.org. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kaspar-hauser-art
Fruit, flowers and acorns. 1828-1833. Bavarian. Kaspar Hauser, watercolorist. Image source commons.wikimedia.org. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kaspar-hauser-art
Flowers. 1828-1833. Bavarian. Kaspar Hauser, watercolorist. Image source commons.wikimedia.org. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kaspar-hauser-art
Fruit. 1828-1833. Bavarian. Kaspar Hauser, watercolorist. Image source commons.wikimedia.org. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kaspar-hauser-art

Make your home look like a meadow of wild flowers. More selections from Emma C. Embury’s 1845 book “American Wildflowers in their Native Haunts.”

“Erythronium Americanum – Adder’s Tongue Violet.” Page 135. Collections of the United States Geological Survey Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/americanwildflow00embu/page/135/mode/1up
“Rosa Parviflora – Wild Rose.” Page 163. Collections of the United States Geological Survey Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/americanwildflow00embu/page/163/mode/1up
Veronica beccabunga – Brook-lime.” Page 208. Collections of the United States Geological Survey Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/americanwildflow00embu/page/n208/mode/1up

Renaissance calligraphy and botany all in one place. More from the illuminated manuscript “Mira calligraphae monumenta”. Calligraphy done in 1561 and 1562 by Georg Bocskay, secretary to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I. Flora and fauna added 30 years later by Joris Hoefnagel at the request of Ferdinand’s grandson Rudolph II.

“Common Apple, European Wild Pansy, and Giant Filbert.” 1561-1562 with illumination added 1591-1596. Flemish and Hungarian, created in Vienna. Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment. Ms. 20 (86.MV.527), fol. 18. Joris Hoefnagel and Georg Bocskay, creators. Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum. No copyright, part of the Getty Museum’s Open Content program. via http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/2298/joris-hoefnagel-and-georg-bocskay-common-apple-european-wild-pansy-and-giant-filbert-flemish-and-hungarian-1561-1562-illumination-added-1591-1596/
“Sweet Violet and Spanish Broom.” 1561-1562 with illumination added 1591-1596. Flemish and Hungarian, created in Vienna. Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment. Ms. 20 (86.MV.527), fol. 20, Joris Hoefnagel and Georg Bocskay, creators. Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum. No copyright, part of the Getty Museum’s Open Content program. via http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/2300/joris-hoefnagel-and-georg-bocskay-sweet-violet-and-spanish-broom-flemish-and-hungarian-1561-1562-illumination-added-1591-1596/
“Dianthus and Almond.” 1561-1562 with illumination added 1591-1596. Flemish and Hungarian, created in Vienna. Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment. Ms. 20 (86.MV.527), fol. 21. Joris Hoefnagel and Georg Bocskay, creators. Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum. No copyright, part of the Getty Museum’s Open Content program. via http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/2302/joris-hoefnagel-and-georg-bocskay-dianthus-and-almond-flemish-and-hungarian-1561-1562-illumination-added-1591-1596/
“Gesner’sTulip, Ichneumon Fly, Kidney Bean, and Scarlet Runner Bean.” 1561-1562 with illumination added 1591-1596. Flemish and Hungarian, created in Vienna. Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment. Ms. 20 (86.MV.527), fol. 23. Joris Hoefnagel and Georg Bocskay, creators. Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum. No copyright, part of the Getty Museum’s Open Content program. via http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/2304/joris-hoefnagel-and-georg-bocskay-gesner’stulip-ichneumon-fly-kidney-bean-and-scarlet-runner-bean-flemish-and-hungarian-1561-1562-illumination-added-1591-1596/

Plates of bird eggs detailed up enough that you feel like you are peeking in their nest. Victorian. Taken from Francis Orpen Morris’ 1853 work “A natural history of the nests and eggs of British birds.”

White Spoonbill and Ibis. Plate CLXIII. Page 4. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/4/mode/2up
Curlew and Whimbrel. Plate CLXIV. Page 10. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/10/mode/2up
Spotted Redshank and Redshank. Plate CLXV. Page 16. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/16/mode/2up

Sea shells, plates from William Swainson’s “Zoological illustrations, or, Original figures and descriptions of new, rare, or interesting animals : selected chiefly from the classes of ornithology, entomology, and conchology, and arranged on the principles of Cuvier and other modern zoologists” which was published in London between 1820 and 1823.

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Page 30. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/92614#page/30/mode/1up

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Page 66. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/92614#page/66/mode/1up

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Page 72. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/92614#page/72/mode/1up

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Page 38. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/92614#page/36/mode/1up

Fantastical fish, some real, some imaginary. Taken from Louis Renard’s work “Fishes, crayfish and crabs, of various colors and extraordinary figures, which one finds around the Moluccas islands and on the coasts of the Austral lands.” The first edition came out in 1718 and 1719. These are taken from the second edition, published in Amsterdam in 1754.

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Page 21. Collections of and digitalized by the Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. In the public domain. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/200575#page/21/mode/1up

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Page 25. Collections of and digitalized by the Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. In the public domain. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/200575#page/25/mode/1up

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Page 23. Collections of and digitalized by the Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. In the public domain. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/200575#page/23/mode/1up

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Page 27. Collections of and digitalized by the Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. In the public domain. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/200575#page/27/mode/1up

Watercolors of fruit so perfectly done they look real. American. Royal Charles Steadman, botanical illustrator. Living from 1875 to 1964, he was a botanical illustrator and wax fruit modeler for the United States Department of Agriculture.

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“Watermelon/Citrullus lanatus, Tom Watson variety.” Specimen 88882. 1916. American. Watercolor. U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705. Fair use license. via https://usdawatercolors.nal.usda.gov/pom/catalog.xhtml?id=POM00007419&start=0&searchText=&searchField=&sortField=&authorFacet=Steadman%2C+Royal+Charles%2C+b.+1875

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“Watermelon/Citrullus lanatus, Tom Watson variety.” 88882a. 1916. American. Watercolor. U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705. Fair use license. via https://usdawatercolors.nal.usda.gov/pom/catalog.xhtml?id=POM00007420&start=0&searchText=&searchField=&sortField=&authorFacet=Steadman%2C+Royal+Charles%2C+b.+1875

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“Limes/Citrus aurantiifolia from Havana, Cuba.” Specimen 103823. October 30, 1923 image. U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705. Fair use license. via https://usdawatercolors.nal.usda.gov/pom/catalog.xhtml?id=POM00006377&start=0&searchText=&searchField=&sortField=&authorFacet=Steadman%2C+Royal+Charles%2C+b.+1875

More beautiful American wildflowers taken from Emma C. Embury’s 1845 book “American Wildflowers in their Native Haunts.”

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“Sisyrinchium Anceps – Blue Eyed Grass.” Page 108. Collections of the United States Geological Survey Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/americanwildflow00embu/page/108/mode/2up

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“Chimaphila Umbellata – Prince’s Pine.” Page 128. Collections of the United States Geological Survey Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/americanwildflow00embu/page/128/mode/2up

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“Erythronium Americanum – Adder’s Tongue Velvet.” Page 135. Collections of the United States Geological Survey Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/americanwildflow00embu/page/135/mode/1up

Botanical prints of tropical flowers. More from Nancy Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft’s 1828 “Specimens of the Plants and Fruits of the Island of Cuba.”

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“Lily and amaryllis belladona.” Plate 38.125. Page 137. Collections of and digitalized by Cornell University. In the public domain. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463&view=1up&seq=137&size=125

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“Narcissus (lily of the rocks) and Panoratium caribaea, Sea onion.” Plate 32d. 131. Page 143. Collections of and digitalized by Cornell University. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463&view=1up&seq=143&size=125

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“Bastard Fustic.” Plate 33d. 135. Page 147. Collections of and digitalized by Cornell University. In the public domain. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463&view=1up&seq=147&size=150