naturalist

Happy Birthday Theodore Dreiser! (August 27, 1871 – December 28, 1945) 

American novelist and journalist of the naturalist school. Dreiser’s best known novels include Sister Carrie (1900) and An American Tragedy (1925).

From our stacks: Cover detail from The Bulwark: A Novel.  Theodore Dreiser.  New York: Doubleday & Company Inc., 1946.

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Fulgens Prism ~ by Christopher Marley; 20 x 24".   Rather than using standard entomology mountings, Marley interprets an artistic presentation of brilliantly-colored beetle species found around the world to emphasize their natural beauty.                                                                                                                                    

The Naturalist Catcher is a beast keenly adapted to the excess of highly enthusiastic 18th century naturalists constantly traipsing through its forest.

Been jamming on this illustration all week! I struggled with coloring it a lot, actually, but made it through in the end with a lot of patient help from Justin :) And I learned a lot on the way, which is always a good feeling!

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Jacob George Strutt, Sylva Britannica, or; Portraits of Forest Trees, distinguished for their Antiquity, Magnitude & Beauty: drawn from Nature [Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green], London, c. 1830.

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Little lichen specimen earrings!

I had these in my shop some time back, when I first started, but have only recently decided to bring them back, with improved molds and stainless steel earring wire.

I love these little guys; I have always been in the habit of picking up and pocketing fallen sections of licheny bark, and this is my opportunity to do something with them. The doming clear resin slightly magnifies the texture, enabling you to clearly see, for instance, that apothecia in the specimen in the first picture.

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