george brettingham

Feast your eyes on Darwin’s barnacles!

This depiction of acorn barnacles (Megabalanus tintinnabulum) by George Brettingham Sowerby, comes from Charles Darwin’s massive four volume work A monograph on the sub-class Cirripedia, with figures of all the species, published just five years before his revolutionary book, On the Origin of Species (1859).

See this 45 other exquisite reproductions from 33 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works in the exhibition, Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Scientific Illustrations from the Museum’s Library, now open!