How fitting for our first giraffe drawing to be from Oliver Herford (1863-1935). Herford has been a source for so many of the wonderful animal images I’ve included on Reusable Art. His drawings from the 1899 work A Child’s Primer of Natural History just have a wonderful blend of humor and realism.
In this one, we have a giraffe reaching high into a tree to get to the most succulent leaves. The giraffe’s head almost blends into the leaves and fruit on the tree. If you looked at this picture fast, you might not even realize that it is not a drawing of two trees.
I like this giraffe drawing a lot. It is also a great coloring image. I do so hope someone finds a great use for it so we can fully rescue this fellow from some dusty old book to a new project.
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.