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Museum artwork

High-quality scientific illustrations have always played an important role in the documentation of planetary biodiversity. For nearly a century, UMMZ artists have produced exquisite illustrations of research specimens. This online collection represents a portion of that art. Our long-term goal is to enter all of our biodiversity artwork, representing thousands of illustrations, into this online database.

Notable illustrators include Grace Eager, Bill Brudon and Martha B. Lackey who worked here from the 1930's to the 70's. They used traditional illustration techniques of carbon dust, ink wash and pen & ink. The copyright of all artwork on this site belongs to the Museum of Zoology. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing the right to use any images from our site.

 

Somatochlora calverti by Grace Eager

 

Cyprinid fish by Bill Brudon