You probably recognise these natural history posters as they are very popular and have been sold as gift wrap and prints. They were painted by the French painter and entomologist Adolphe Millot in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
These gorgeous natural history paintings were for the book the Nouveau Larousse Illustré a French encyclopedia first published in 1905. I have included here the identification posters Millot painted for insects, birds, and butterflies.
The animal posters of mammals and reptiles from the Larousse books can be found here.
Vintage Natural History Poster (Insects, Birds, and Butterflies)
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THE VINTAGE NATURAL HISTORY POSTERS “THE BIRDS & THE BEES”
This natural history poster is full of lovely illustrations, or bees, flies, wasps, beetles, and other flying insects. I’ve used a poster like this before for a unique cupboard upcycle.
Another natural history poster of insects. This time they are mainly grasshoppers and beetles. For more detailed insect images check out the of amazing insect art of JORIS HOEFNAGEL.
One more natural history poster of insects by Adolphe Millot. This time however he categorises the insects into 2 distinct groups; useful (utiles) and harmful (nuisibles).
This is a gorgeous colourful illustrated poster of tropical birds from parrots to birds of paradise. For more tropical birds check out the parrot paintings of Edward Lear.
More bird illustrations. This time a much wider variety from game, wetland, seabirds and large flightless birds. Such as ostriches and emus.
This collection of bird paintings includes birds of prey such as vultures and owls. There is also a large collection of tropical birds such as parrots, cockatoos, and toucans. Each bird is labeled individually.
The natural history poster of Aldophe Millot is a fabulous illustrated collection of brightly
There are more feather illustrations here.
This is a great poster for egg identification. A great collection of egg paintings each labeled and named.
A beautiful collection of butterfly paintings for identification. These would be great for a decoupage craft project. You can find more vintage butterfly charts here.
Another beautifully illustrated vintage butterfly identification poster.
You might want to check out these other free vintage paintings.