Animals of the Past, 1900
Frederick A. Lucas
This book, first published in 1900 (my copy dates from 1902) contains
many black and white illustrations (plates)
by Charles R. Knight and
James M. Gleeson. The author, Frederick A. Lucas, was the Curator
of the Division of
Comparative Anatomy, United States National
Museum (and later, the Director of the American Museum of Natural
Lucas has this to say about the illustrations: "The original drawings,
made especially for this book, are by Charles
R. Knight and James M.
Gleeson, under the direction of Mr. Knight...[Knight] is the one artist
who can picture
prehistoric animals with artistic charm of presentation
as well as with full scientific accuracy. In this instance, the
author has personally superintended the artist's work, so that it is
correct in every respect as present knowledge
These are two of Gleeson's drawings of prehistoric animals, Tylosaurus
and Ceratosaurus. The Ceratosaurus
illustration has rarely been reproduced in other books.
This is one of Charles R. Knight's early illustrations of Stegosaurus
which according to Czerkas and
Glut (Dinosaurs Mammoths and Cavemen:
the Art of Charles R. Knight) was "the first reasonably accurate
restoration of the animal." Note that Czerkas and Glut provide a
color version of this illustration in their book.
In a later edition
of Lucas's book (my copy dates from 1920) issued by the American Museum
of Natural History,
painting was replaced by a photo of a Stegosaurus model, that was
Knight for the
American Museum of Natural History.