Wildlife art by natural history illustrator Joseph (Josef) Wolf (1820-1899). Born in Germany he worked first in Germany and then in Britain, with much of his natural history illustrations used as plates in books.

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“The Hippopotamus.” Mid 19th c. Collections of the Australian Museums, Sydney. Image © 2020 The Australian Museum. Fair use license. via https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/collections/museum-archives-library/john-gould/josef-wolf-1820-1899/
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“A Lion before the Pyramids.” 19th c. Pencil, pen and ink and watercolor. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/josef-wolf/a-lion-before-the-pyramids-3cD3CijkWwiuF7a_tYVg4A2
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“A Polar Bear hunting Seal in the Arctic.” 19th c. Watercolor on brown paper. Signed “J Wolf” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/josef-wolf-1820-1899-josef-wolf-1820-1899-2777842-details.aspx

Paintings of people out and about in Victorian Britain. Phoebus Levin, artist. The years of his birth and death are not known but he flourished in the mid 19th century. German but painted in Britain for many years.

The Dancing Platform at Cremorne Gardens, 1864 by Phoebus Levin
“The Dancing Platform at Cremorne Gardens.” 1864. German/British. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cremorne_The_Dancing_Platform_at_Cremorne_Gardens_by_Phoebus_Levin_1864.jpg
Levin, Phoebus, 1836-1908; Life in the Hop Garden
“Life in the Hop Garden.” 1859. Oil on canvas. Image © Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/life-in-the-hop-garden-151175
Covent Garden Market 1864 by Phoebus Levin © Museum of London
“Covent Garden Market.” 1864. Oil on canvas. Source: artfund.org. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phoebus_Levin,_Covent_Garden_Market,_1864.jpg

More pretty flowers. These from 1855, taken from “Flora of the Colosseum of Rome.” Written by Richard Deakin MD, it was published in London by Groombridge and Sons.

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“1.Anemone hortensis. 2. Asophodelus fistulosa. 3. Cerinthe aspira.” Page 33. Collection of and digitalized by the Fisher Library at the University of Toronto. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/floraofcolosseum00deak/page/n33/mode/2up
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“1. Paliurus aculeatus. 2. Ornithopus scorpioides.” Page 115. Collection of and digitalized by the Fisher Library at the University of Toronto. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/floraofcolosseum00deak/page/n115/mode/2up
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“Capparis spinosa.” Page 76. Collection of and digitalized by the Fisher Library at the University of Toronto. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/floraofcolosseum00deak/page/n76/mode/2up

Paintings of sheep and their friends from a little while back when animal art was all the rage. Belgian. Eugène Joseph Verboeckhoven, artist (1798-1881). Also did landscapes and portraits.

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“Highland Monarch.” 1860s-1870s. Belgian. Image © 2018 Haggin Museum. Fair use license. via https://hagginmuseum.org/collections/verboeckhoven-eugene/highland-monarch/
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“Sheep in Manger.” 1858. Oil on panel. 1860s-1870s. Belgian. Image © 2018 Haggin Museum. Fair use license. via https://hagginmuseum.org/collections/verboeckhoven-eugene/sheep-in-manger/
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“Sheep.” 1875. Oil on panel. Image © Saint Johnsbury Athenaeum. Fair use license. via https://www.stjathenaeum.org/eugene-joseph-verboeckhoven-sheep
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“Lamb and Mother Sheep.” 1846. Signed and dated on the lower left. Image © Very Important Lot. Fair use license. via https://veryimportantlot.com/en/lot/view/lamm-und-mutterschaf-eugene-verboeckhoven-58980
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“Donkey and Sheep.” 1849. Oil on canvas. Signed “E. J. Verboeckhoven 1849” on the lower left. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2017. Fair use license. via https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O123442/donkey-and-sheep-oil-painting-verboeckhoven-eugene/

Renderings of decorations in various rooms in London that are almost more elegant than the ones at Cumberland House. They’d even impress a Rothschild or two. George Aitchison Jr. RA, architect, maker (1825-1910) who also designed Leighton House.

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“Designs for the interior decoration of 52 Prince’s Gate, London, for Thomas Eustace Smith, Esq.: elevation of a wall and left doorway in the boudoir.” Reference #RIBA4035. 1877. Classical Revival. Colored drawing. Possibly one of the two drawings exhibited for the boudoir at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1877. Image © Royal Institute of British Architects – RIBA. Fair use license. via https://www.architecture.com/image-library/ribapix/image-information/poster/designs-for-the-interior-decoration-of-52-princes-gate-london-elevation-of-a-wall-and-left-doorway-i/posterid/RIBA4035.html
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“Designs for the interior decoration of 29 Chesham Place, London, for Sir Sydney Hedley Waterlow, Bt: plan of the drawing room ceiling.” Reference #RIBA12505. 1886. Colored drawing. Exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1886. Image © Royal Institute of British Architects – RIBA. Fair use license. via
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“Designs for the interior decoration of 52 Prince’s Gate, London, for Thomas Eustace Smith, Esq.: elevation of a wall and central doorway in the boudoir.” Reference #RIBA12502. 1877. Classical Revival. Colored drawing. Possibly one of the two drawings exhibited for the boudoir at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1877. Image © Royal Institute of British Architects – RIBA. Fair use license. via https://www.architecture.com/image-library/ribapix/image-information/poster/designs-for-the-interior-decoration-of-52-princes-gate-london-elevation-of-a-wall-and-central-doorwa/posterid/RIBA12502.html

British Victorian people got up to look medieval. Frederick William Davis, artist (1862–1919). Two of these being scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.

Davis, Frederick William, 1862-1919; 'As You Like It', Act IV, Scene 2
“As You Like It”, Act IV, Scene 2. 1907. Oil on canvas. Photo credit and copyright Royal Shakespeare Company Collection. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/as-you-like-it-act-iv-scene-2-54895/search/category:celebrations/page/1/view_as/grid
"The Curfew Tolls The Knell of the Parting Day." 1912. Oil on canvas.
“The Curfew Tolls The Knell of the Parting Day.” 1912. Oil on canvas. Private collection. Image 2009-2019 © Gallerix. Fair use license. via https://gallerix.org/storeroom/33994/N/609/
'Measure for Measure', Act V, Scene 1, Isabella Appealing to the Duke. 1907.
‘Measure for Measure’, Act V, Scene 1, Isabella Appealing to the Duke. 1907. Oil on canvas. Photo credit and copyright Royal Shakespeare Company Collection. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/measure-for-measure-act-v-scene-1-isabella-appealing-to-the-duke-54894

Time travel back and visit some of the wonders from the Crystal Palace exposition of 1851. A selection of engraved plates from “John Tallis’s history and description of the Crystal Palace and the exhibition of the world’s industry in 1851.” Collections of the University of Heidelberg.

"Oriental chair, manufactured by Jennens & Bettridge." Page 3b.
“Oriental chair, manufactured by Jennens & Bettridge.” Page 3b. Collections of the University of Heidelberg. In the public domain. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/tallis1851bd1/0037/image
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“Group of Dresden China, exhibited in the Saxony Department.” Page 152c. G. Greatbach, engraver after a daguerreotype. Collections of the University of Heidelberg. In the public domain. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/tallis1851bd1/0197/image
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“Chessmen in Ivory by Staight of Walbrook.” Page 30f. Collections of the University of Heidelberg. In the public domain. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/tallis1851bd1/0041/image
"Model of an Indian State Barge
“Model of an Indian State Barge exhibited by the Honorable East India Company.” Page 30f. Collections of the University of Heidelberg. In the public domain. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/tallis1851bd1/0041/image
"Sledge from the Canadian Court" (detail). Page 52b. G. Greatbach, engraver, after a drawing by H. Mason.
“Sledge from the Canadian Court” (detail). Page 52b. G. Greatbach, engraver, after a drawing by H. Mason. Collections of the University of Heidelberg. In the public domain. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/tallis1851bd1/0072/image
"HRH Albert, Prince of Wales in the character of winter" and "HRH The Princess Royal in the character of summer." 30d.
“HRH Albert, Prince of Wales in the character of winter” and “HRH The Princess Royal in the character of summer.” 30d. Engraved by C. Holl after a daguerreotype of the original by Mary Thornycroft. Collections of the University of Heidelberg. In the public domain. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/tallis1851bd1/0039/image
"Jewels of the Queen of Spain"
“Jewels of the Queen of Spain” headdress and shoulder knot in diamonds, pearls, rubies and emeralds and bouquet in diamonds, pearls and emeralds, both made by Lemonniere, Paris. Page 80b. G. Greatbach, engraver, after drawings by H. Mason. Collections of the University of Heidelberg. In the public domain. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/tallis1851bd1/0107/image
"Shield and Arms" by Lepage and Delacour" (sabres) and Gueyton (pistols). Page 64b
“Shield and Arms” by Lepage and Delacour” (sabres) and Gueyton (pistols). Page 64b. E. Silby, engraver after drawings by H. Mason. Collections of the University of Heidelberg. In the public domain. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/tallis1851bd1/0086/image

Paintings of a older Britain that’s almost close enough to touch by Scottish artist Robert Weir Allan (1852-1942).

"Arriving from the Ferry." 1888.
“Arriving from the Ferry.” 1888. Scottish. Watercolor over pencil. Signed and dated “Robert W. Allan/ 1888” on the lower right. Image © Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Fair use license. via https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/4822/?tab=details
"Looking south, Troup Head, Banffshire." No date.
“Looking south, Troup Head, Banffshire.” No date. Scottish. Watercolor. Not dated but signed “Robert W. Allan” on the lower left”. Image © Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Fair use license. via https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/6159/
"The North Ford, Uist, Outer Hebrides." 1894.
“The North Ford, Uist, Outer Hebrides.” 1894. Scottish. Photo credit and image © Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums. Fair use license. via https://www.artuk.org/discover/artworks/the-north-ford-uist-outer-hebrides-106583/search/actor:allan-robert-weir-18511942/page/2/view_as/grid
"Potato Gatherers." No date.
“Potato Gatherers.” No date. Scottish. Oil on canvas. Photo credit and image © Bury Art Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.artuk.org/discover/artworks/potato-gatherers-164036/search/actor:allan-robert-weir-18511942/page/2/view_as/grid

Colored renderings of the decorations of various rooms in London. Not aspirational decor exactly but you’d need a lot of money to get the same effect. George Aitchison Jr. RA, architect, maker (1825-1910).

Alternative elevation of the staircase well showing decoration, from designs for the interior decoration of 1 Grosvenor Crescent, London, for Sir Wilfrid Lawson M.P. 1879. British. Color drawing. Image © RIBA/Royal Institute of British Architects. Fair use license. via https://www.architecture.com/image-library/ribapix/image-information/poster/designs-for-the-interior-decoration-of-1-grosvenor-crescent-london-alternative-elevation-of-the-stai/posterid/RIBA4028.html?Action=Cookie
"Design for the decoration of the staircase, 44 Belgrave Square." 1870. British.
“Design for the decoration of the staircase, 44 Belgrave Square.” 1870. British. Watercolor on paper. Image © RIBA/Royal Institute of British Architects. Fair use license. via https://www.pubhist.com/w20050
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Design for the decorative scheme for the Front Drawing Room, 15 Berkeley Square, London. 1873. British. Watercolour and oil on paper. Image © RIBA/ Royal Institute of British Architects. Fair use license. via
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Designs for the interior decoration of 1 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London: central chimneypiece in the smoking room. 1893. Classical Revival. British. Exhibited with three other drawings for the interior decoration of the smoking room at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1893. Colored drawing. Image © RIBA/Royal Institute of British Architects. Fair use license. via https://www.architecture.com/image-library/ribapix/image-information/poster/designs-for-the-interior-decoration-of-1-south-audley-street-mayfair-london-central-chimneypiece-in-/posterid/RIBA4034.html

Pages from presentation albums made for Lord Carrington who, with Lady Carrington, was a very popular governor of New South Wales, Australia from 1885 to 1890. This selection from the excellent blog bibliodyssey.blogspot.com

City of Ryde, page 1.
City of Ryde, page 1, Album 14. Collection of the State Archives and Records, New South Wales. Fair use license. via http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2015/08/all-hail-lord-carrington.html
City of Wagga Wagga
City of Wagga Wagga, page 1, Album 14. Collection of the State Archives and Records, New South Wales. Fair use license. via http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2015/08/all-hail-lord-carrington.html
Masonic Lodge.
Masonic lodge, page 1, Album 14. Collection of the State Archives and Records, New South Wales. Fair use license. via http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2015/08/all-hail-lord-carrington.html
City of Ryde, page 2, Album 14.
City of Ryde, page 2, Album 14. Collection of the State Archives and Records, New South Wales. Fair use license. via http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2015/08/all-hail-lord-carrington.html

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