19th century illustration of "Pre historic animals and reptiles"


15 Responses to “19th century illustration of "Pre historic animals and reptiles"”

  1. artbot says:

    #4 – L. O. L.

  2. Icky Bob says:

    More important, where might I obtain a print of the gorgeous illustration?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Go to this Italian site to see some beautiful creatures painted on the ceramic floor of the Church of San Michele in Anacapri, Capri.
    The floor is from the 18th century, and is absolutely fascinating!

  4. greggreggreg says:

    I do believe that is the Montauk Monster on the center left side… Gorgeous beak on this specimen.

  5. technogeek says:

    There are some lovely murals of prehistoric beasties at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC… somewhat dated, alas, as we know more now, but still very pretty work. I suspect photos of them can be found on line somewhere; certainly they must appear in books.

    Check your local library’s reference desk; they like a good challenge!

    (“Ah yes. The Norwegian Blue Pterodactyl. Lovely plumage…”)

  6. Ian Holmes says:


    “hootenanny”? maybe

    “kipling, lovecraft, tolkien & ken kesey playing Twister”? definitely

  7. Cupcake Faerie says:

    Interesting and beautiful. Fun seeing animals that lived 20 thousand years ago (the mammoths ) juxtaposed with animals that lived more than 65 million years ago (the dinosaurians ), and the flying dragon-like creatures! But they’re all pre-historic.

  8. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    “where might I obtain a print of the gorgeous illustration?”

    If you find out, please let me know!

  9. Alpinwolf says:


    “Lovecraft, Tolkien, and Gaiman all dueling at MadLibs.”


  10. Anonymous says:

    It looks like an paraphrase of an illustration in the Gustav Doré bible to me. I can’t find the image that pop up in my head anywhere, it had three panicking elephants as well. Maybe I am just imagining things or it is from another book.

    I also think it looks more 20th century (or even 21th) then 19th. The faux rainbow chiaroscuro woodcut is a nice touch though.

  11. paxamoret says:

    What it really reminds me of are the illustrations from William Steig’s gorgeous children’s book, “Rotten Island.” (Originally “Bad Island,” I think).

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  12. Dangerpants says:

    I hate to quibble, but this is clearly a wild rumpus, not a hootenanny.

  13. Brainspore says:

    If I’m not mistaken that is actually a late-50s photograph of Monster Island off the coast of Japan.

  14. adonai says:

    @#4 – Actually, no. To quote Oz: “a gathering is brie, mellow song stylings; shindig, dip, less mellow song stylings, perhaps a large amount of malt beverage; and hootenanny, well, it’s chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny.”

    I’d say hootenanny is appropriate here :)

  15. butchgogo says:

    One can get it as a postcard, part of the Ken Brown collection copyright 2000. I sent it to my daughter with the following text (though she can’t yet read):

    Dear Emerson,
    the world is wide and wonderful
    and full of curious critters
    some are nice to pet
    while others are biters and spitters
    and though some may be fearful
    wicked or sordid too
    remember we are all animals
    even me and you;
    with our hair and nails and teeth
    yes you and mom and me
    are all delightful members
    of God’s grand menagerie.

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