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The Magical World of Illustration

Tell stories in your space with illustrations

Throughout history, people have used illustration to tell their stories. The earliest recorded illustrations appeared in the cave paintings as early as 15,000 BC. In the Middle Ages illustrations started to appear in manuscripts and in the 14th century woodcuts and engraved prints brought images, ideas, and entertainment to a wider audience. With the start of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1700s, printing technology improved rapidly and illustration became more common in daily life, appearing in books and newspapers. In the 1800's publishers realised that illustrations helped to sell, books, magazines and increase advertising revenue so the illustration profession grew as more art was commissioned.

Choose from 21446 pictures in our The Magical World of Illustration collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery.


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Oak Tree or Quercus, Victorian Botanical Illustration

Very Rare, Beautifully Illustrated Antique Engraved Victorian Botanical Illustration of Oak Tree or Quercus: Plate 43, from The Book of Practical Botany in Word and Image (Lehrbuch der praktischen Pflanzenkunde in Wort und Bild), Published in 1886. Copyright has expired on this artwork. Digitally restored.

© Craig McCausland

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Star chart for the Polestar (Polaris), 19th Century

Vintage engraving of a Star chart for the Polestar. Polestar, also spelled pole star, also called (Northern Hemisphere) North Star, the brightest star that appears nearest to either celestial pole at any particular time.

© Copyright of Duncan P Walker

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Cricket at The Oval c1855

A cricket match taking place at The Oval cricket ground in Kennington, London. The Oval is the home of Surrey County Cricket Club and was the first ground in England to host a test match in 1880. The ground was a market garden until the club was able to persuade the owner (the Duchy of Cornwall) to allow them to change its use to a cricket ground. From ‘The Boy's Own Paper' 1879-80, a British newspaper for boys which was at that time published by the Religious Tract Society and which featured stories, heroic deeds, facts, educational items and illustrations.

© Linda Steward