Johann Friederich Wilhelm Herbst (1743-1807), a German churchman, naturalist, and superb artist, drew this illustration of the crab Cancer reticulatus for his book series Versuch einer Naturgeschichte der Krabben und Krebse… (Attempt at a natural history of crabs and crayfish…). In this three-volume work, Herbst illustrated and described crabs and crayfish. Thanks to their meticulous detail and coloring, the beautiful images endure as a useful scientific resource.
See this and other illustrations from the Museum’s Rare Book Collection in Natural Histories: 400 Years of Scientific Illustration from the Museum’s Library.
'Still life with Robin's Nest' (1863) by Fidelia Bridges (1834–1923).
http://pop.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=48885 via Wikimedia
The Woman in White, gouache on paper, a life-sized poster illustration by Frederick Walker for Wilkie Collins’s play from his novel.
Walker, 1840-1875, was British and this is one of the first examples of a fine artist undertaking advertising. The play opened at the Olympic Theater in London in October 1871. A woodcut of the same image may be found on shadesandshadows.
Front cover of ‘Childs Rare Flowers, Vegetables and Fruits for 1894.’
U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
A handwritten poem found inside a book on Ventriloquism. A monologue to be delivered by the dummy.
Beautiful handwriting … pretty good rhymes, too.