National Apple Week

The Libraries can celebrate National Apple Week with this illustration of a crab apple by Asa Gray, one of many gorgeous plates included in this report, originally published by the Smithsonian institution in 1891.—Elizabeth Periale Asa Gray, Plates prepared between the years 1849 and 1859, to accompany a report on the forest trees of North America, 1891, American Crab Apple

From August, 1869…

…comes this catalog from the Libraries' collections, The New York Coach-Maker's Magazine. Featured here is a physician's phaeton, just one of many state-of-the-art conveyances from this interesting item. Take a trip to 140 years ago, courtesy of the Libraries, where you can travel in style, whether in a piano-box buggy, dog cart, or never mind…—Elizabeth Periale The New York Coach-Maker's Magazine, Devoted to the Literary, Social, and Mechanical Interests of the Craft, 1858-1870, August 1869, Buggy Sleigh. Physician's Phaeton

Summer warbler

We have already featured the lovely artwork of Genevieve Jones in a previous post. But this delicate rendering of a summer warbler from the Libraries' online show Illustrations of Nests and Eggs of the Birds of Ohio helps make the summer last just a little longer.—Elizabeth Periale Howard Jones, Illustrations of the nests and eggs of birds of Ohio, 1879-1886, Summer Warbler

How to build vivaria

The illustration features a vivarium which can be used in summer or winter: …more suitable, with certain exceptions, for Snakes than Lizards, as the latter are apt to climb up the canvas and so escape when the lid is unwarily opened. Gregory Climenson Bateman, The vivarium, being a practical guide to the construction, arrangement, and management of vivaria . . ., 1897, Fig. 3. Snake or Lizard Glass Case for Summer or Winter Use [chameleon cage] More ideas for what goes inside this summer project can be found here.—Elizabeth Periale

Alexander Lawrie carte-de-visite – AA/PG Library

Alexander Lawrie (born New York, NY, 1828; died Lafayette, IN, 1917) Alexander Lawrie, son of a Scottish immigrant, started his artistic career by apprenticing as a wood engraver at the age of 16. By 1852 he had moved to Phildadelphia where he was most likely enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where several of his paintings were exhibited. In 1855 Lawrie and his friend William Trost Richards (an American landscape artist) sailed to Europe. After a brief time in Paris, Lawrie went to Düsseldorf Germany and began studying with Emanuel Leutze (an artist most famous nowadays for his painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware). After 22 months with Leutze, Lawrie went to Florence for further instruction and returned to the United States in 1857. When the American Civil War broke out, Lawrie enlisted as private in the Seventeenth Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry in 1861 and rose to the rank of Captain. As part of General Burnside's march from Sharpsburg, MD to Fredericksburg, VA, Lawire was more »

The Fossil Record

North American Wild Flowers, Mary Vaux Walcott (1860–1940), Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1925, Plate 336: flower The Fossil Record, a newsletter put out by the Smithsonian Department of Paleobiology, includes a nice article called “Time Exposure” by Tom Jorstad concerning Mary Vaux Walcott, third wife of Charles Doolittle Walcott (former Smithsonian Secretary), who was a wildflower illustrator among other things. One paragraph says: “During their many field seasons in the Canadian Rockies, Mary Vaux Walcott, then a noted naturalist and illustrator, sketched over 350 species of wildflowers. The Smithsonian’s Cullman Rare Books library and the Department of Botany now hold several volumes of her works, including the 1925 Smithsonian publication North American Wildflowers and the 1935 Smithsonian publication Illustration of North American Pitcher Plants.” A nice mention.—Nancy E. Gwinn

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