Francis Willughby

Francis Willughby, an English naturalist, was born Nov. 22, 1635. Willughby studied under John Ray at Cambridge, and when Ray was removed from his teaching position for refusing to take the Oath of Uniformity in 1662, Willughby and Ray embarked on a three year tour of...

Edward Lear

Edward Lear, an English poet and naturalist, was born May 12, 1812. Most people know Lear for his limericks and nonsense verse, and you probably recognize the poem that begins: “The owl and the pussy-cat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat”, and continues, a...

Johan Keulemans

Johan Gerard Keulemans, a Dutch illustrator, died Mar. 29, 1912, at age 69. Keulemans moved to London in 1868 and almost immediately became one of the most sought-after zoological artists for a new wave of natural history books that was beginning to appear. After the...