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Humphry Davy’s landscape sketches

Humphry Davy was one of history’s finest chemists, and grew popular in his day through popular public lectures and scientific discoveries. Esteemed men like Sir Humphry travelled widely around Britain and Europe, and throughout his journal are sketches in pencil and iron gall ink. Being a scientist, he not only captured the landscape, but the geology itself. Included in his journals are images of Col de Tende, Perpignan and closer to home Loch Lomond.

These illustrations show: Route to Brignolles; Danube, possibly sketched during his trip along the Rhine; Canigou with part of Perpignan sketched during his continental tour with Michael Faraday; Loch Lomond; and a panorama of Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, with geological features identified.

The picture I posted on Sunday got me inspired to try replicating the illustration style of the Oz stories a little closer, and of course whom else would I choose to draw but EOS? The picture’s mostly inspired by the artwork for the character Polychrome, the daughter of the Rainbow. John R. Neill always portrayed her with the most beautiful floaty lines and elegant touches, and I had to try emulating that.

Plus I had a great deal of fun drawing the morning glories and sunflowers she’s holding. X3