Camel Portrait

I’m always excited when I find a really, really old illustration that I can share. There just seems like there’s a bit of magic involved when a book has survived longer than there even was a United States of America. This was one of a number of animal drawings from a book that dated back to 1767.

The book was written in French. The short version of a very long title, in English, is Plants and Animals Used inn Medicine.

We have something of a landscape drawing of a single camel. It looks a bit like a camel portrait to me. What I find amazing is how crisp and sharp the lines were printed. Most likely an engraving, this piece is nicer than a lot of drawings that had benefit of new materials and techniques.

This camel portrait was resized to 4×6 postcard size. I left most of the mottled background as I think that adds to the vintage feel.

camel portrait

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.