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Bookplate: Dronte

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Der Dronte - bookplate detail

Ornithology bookplate

Bookplate illustration (and detail) from Neue Seite 1.

1. Dronte (Raphus cucullatus),[ausgestorben]

Bei Oken: Walgvogel (Didus ineptus)

2. Kiwi (Apteryx australis)

Bei Oken: Kiwi (Aptery australis)

3. Großtrappe (Otis tarda)

Bei Oken: Trappe (Otis tarda)

4. Helmkasuar (Casuarius casuarius)

Bei Oken: Casuar (Casuarius indicus)

5. Strauß (Struthio camelus)

Bei Oken: Strauß (Struthio camelus)

Savery’s Dodo in a Landscape

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Artefact of the month – July from the Zoological Society of London:

Savery’s Dodo in a Landscape

Savery’s Dodo in a Landscape with birds and animals by Roelandt Savery, circa 1629

Dodo in a Landscape with birds and animals by Roelandt Savery

It is thought Savery actually saw the dodo alive, the bird having been brought from its native habitat Mauritius to Prince Maurice of Nassau’s menagerie before it became extinct in the 1690s.

This is one of the few authentic pictures of the bird in life and very unusually Savery has painted a rear view of the bird in this painting.

Several of Savery’s other paintings also include the dodo in more conventional positions from which most later paintings of the dodo are derived. Only a few paintings of the dodo from life are known to exist. A key to the identification of the 21 other birds in the painting, prepared by Peter Olney, is available in the ZSL Library.

The ZSL painting is thought to date from c1629 and exemplifies the range of exotic birds in captivity in Europe in the early-17th century, as at least 18 different species have been identified.

Paysage avec oiseaux

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Paysage avec oiseaux

Paysage avec oiseaux (1628) by the Flemish painter Roelandt Savery.

Betty in Blunderland

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

The White Rabbit materializes from a jigsaw puzzle and leads Betty Boop through the looking glass into Wonderland.

Betty in Blunderland - 1

Betty in Blunderland - 2


Curious Beaks: The Dodo

Friday, August 31st, 2007

The Dodo - #9

Curious Beaks – John Player & Sons – Series of 50 (1929), uploaded by Mando maniac.

Alice in Wonderland Musical

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Alice in Wonderland musical


Image and audio (4’45”) from the booklet of “Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” with Eva Le Gallienne and Original Cast.

Tekening van dodo

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Tekening van dodo

Tekening van dodo, Scheepjournaal ‘De Gelderland’ 1601-1603 from De Verdieping van Nederland. I don’t speak Dutch, but it seems this is one of the very rare drawings of a dodo made in Mauritius with a “live model”. The image is available to download as a “monster” tiff (122MB). (Thanks Paul)

Classics Illustrated: Alice in Wonderland

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Classics Illustrated: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland comics 1

Alice in Wonderland comics 2

Alice in Wonderland comics 3

Alice in Wonderland comics 4

Alice in Wonderland comics 5

Alice in Wonderland comics 6

Classics Illustrated 49: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. ( via Free Comic Books)

Classics Illustrated #049 Alice in Wonderland.cbz

Porky in Wackyland

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Porky Pig goes on a hunt to catch the surreally elusive last Do-Do bird.

Porky in Wackyland

Porky in Wackyland 2

Porky in Wackyland 3

Porky in Wackyland 4

Porky in Wackyland 5

Porky in Wackyland 6

Porky in Wackyland 7

Porky in Wackyland 8

Porky in Wackyland” (1938) directed by Robert Clampett. (Thanks John!)

The Dodo Lives – Ad

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

The Dodo Lives

The Dodo Lives from Toronto Life, November 1975. (via Torontoist)