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The Magical World of Illustration Gallery

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Tell stories in your space with illustrations

Throughout history, people have used illustration to tell their stories. The earliest recorded illustrations appeared in the cave paintings as early as 15,000 BC. In the Middle Ages illustrations started to appear in manuscripts and in the 14th century woodcuts and engraved prints brought images, ideas, and entertainment to a wider audience. With the start of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1700s, printing technology improved rapidly and illustration became more common in daily life, appearing in books and newspapers. In the 1800's publishers realised that illustrations helped to sell, books, magazines and increase advertising revenue so the illustration profession grew as more art was commissioned.

Choose from 15143 pictures in our The Magical World of Illustration collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery. We are proud to offer this selection in partnership with Fine Art Storehouse.


Oak Tree or Quercus, Victorian Botanical Illustration Featured The Magical World of Illustration Print

Oak Tree or Quercus, Victorian Botanical Illustration

Very Rare, Beautifully Illustrated Antique Engraved Victorian Botanical Illustration of Oak Tree or Quercus: Plate 43, from The Book of Practical Botany in Word and Image (Lehrbuch der praktischen Pflanzenkunde in Wort und Bild), Published in 1886. Copyright has expired on this artwork. Digitally restored

© Craig McCausland

Marine aquarium in the Zoological Station Naples, litograph, published 1897 Featured The Magical World of Illustration Print

Marine aquarium in the Zoological Station Naples, litograph, published 1897

Marine aquarium in the Zoological Station Naples (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn), Italy. Founded in 1872. Depiction: 1) Mediterranean scallop (Pecten jacobaeus); 2) Mediterranean moray (Muraena helena); 3) Red sea squirt (Halocynthia papillosa, 3 exemplars); 4) European conger (Conger conger); 5) Tun shell (Tonnidae); 6) Vase tunicate (Ciona intestinalis, 3 exemplars); 7) Nursehound (Scyliorhinus stellaris); 8) Venus' girdle (Cestum veneris); 9) Sea elephant (Pterotrachea coronata); 10) Salpa maggiore (Salpa maxima); 11) Barrel jellyfish (Rhizostoma octopus, or Rhizostoma pulmo); 12) European squid (Loligo vulgaris); 13) Egg braids of European squid (Loligo vulgaris); 14) Mediterranean feather star (Antedon mediterranea); 15) Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris); 16) Bath sponge (Spongia officinalis); 17) Coral (Astroides calycularis); 18) Sea anemones (Adamsia rondeletii) with cancer; 19) Starry weever (Trachinus radiatus); 20) Sea cucumber (Stichopus regalis); 21) Piper gurnard (Trigla lyra); 22) Shame-faced crab (Calappa granulata); 23) European spider crab (Maja squinado); 24) Spiny lobster (Palinurus elephas); 25) Pelagic stingray (Pteroplatytrygon violacea); 26) Dusky grouper (Epinephelus marginatus); 27) Precious coral (Corallium rubrum); 28) Purple seastar (Ophidiaster ophidianus); 29) Mediterranean fanworm (Sabella spallanzanii); 30) Tubular worm (Protula tubularia); 31) Goose foot starfish (Anseropoda placenta); 32) Yellow tree coral (Dendrophyllia ramea); 33) Sea hare (Aplysia limacina); 34) Long-spine slate pen sea urchin (Cidaris cidaris); 35) Common torpedo (Torpedo torpedo); 36) Golden anemone (Condylactis aurantiaca); 37) Cylinder anemone (Cerianthus membranaceus). Lithograph after a drawing by Comingio Merculianol (Italian painter, 1845 - 1915), published in 1897