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This is an inverted, spliced and 'scrubbed' detail from a plate entitled 'Phascolarctos cinereus and Didelphys Virginiana', 1882 by Cunningham. The above 4 images come from the renowned Ernst Haeckel and I only just now realise that all the plates he prepared for the Challenger publication are in fact available from Kurt Stüber's website [ I , II , III , IV ] (about my favourite place on the web) [If you haven't encountered the amazing 'martian' plankton images from Haeckel before, absolutely definitely see: ' Radiolarien ' and ' Kunstformen der Natur '] HMS Challenger was a steam assisted wooden corvette that sailed nearly 70,000 miles around the world between 1872 and 1876, engaged in marine exploration and specimen collection. The former naval ship had been refitted to house purpose-built laboratories, a dredging platform and extra cabins for the 250 crew and scientists.
Panoramic murals are about as Romantic an idealized vision of nature as you can get.