1. oldbookillustrations:

    Temple of the bonzes in the Quang Yen (?) Rock.

    Thomas Allom, from China vol. 1, by George N. Wright, London, 1843.

    (Source: archive.org)

     
  2. 1910-again:

    From Actinologia Britanica: A History of the British Sea-Anemones and Corals, 1860

    (via scientificillustration)

     
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  4. Adventure Comics # 429, October, 1973

    on adventurecomicsblog.blogspot.com

     
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  6. found photo: sent home to England, probably 1942-3

    On the back, in pencil, it says “To the best Mother in the world xxxx” and then adds, somewhat superfluously, “that’s me on the left”

     
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  8. myvintagevogue:

    Jantzen 1947 / Illustrated by Pete Hawley

    (via mudwerks)

     
  9. jtotheizzoe:

    The Animal Kingdom

    Looking for a whole new way to appreciate the wonders of the animal kingdom? Check out this retrospective of Charley Harper’s stunning illustrations for Gerald Fichter’s 1967 edition of The Animal Kingdom (available in book form via this art collection).

    These blew me away. There’s such richness of life in our natural world, such stunning variety and beauty (and even a bit of ridiculousness). These illustrations capture it all. I could hug them.

    Trust me, check out the full retrospective gallery at Codex 99. Tip of the page to Jim Coudal for the link.

    (via deepseanews)

     
  10. Portland, Maine

    photo by coreysomething

     
  11. A painter’s a painter! - Punch 1867

    It’s just a matter of scale!

    Punch, the London Magazine of Wit, Satire, Irony and Political Humour; illustrated with numerous woodcut engravings by noted engravers and artists.

     
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  13. Illustration from the series The Cruise Of The Christabel

    The credit reads “Drawn by the Skipper.” From The Boy’s Own Paper, 25th October, 1890.

     
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  15. State of the Nation for February 1778: Etching; Text in French

    America, represented by a Native American, is cutting off the horns with which the “poor tame cow” of British commerce could defend itself—a reference to the defunct British army and navy in the background. A Dutchman is milking the cow and a Spaniard and Frenchman happily walk off, each with a bowl of milk. The sleeping British lion is oblivious to this plunder of the nation’s “natural defense and strength”. He is so soundly asleep that a (Dutch) pug dog brazenly urinates on him without him noticing. A “Free Englishman in mourning” cries out to the viewer in frustration.