In the 1850s, artists and educators designed instructive picture books to educate people. They showed nature realistically.
Instructive pictures were imaginative, intriguing and lively. This was a very different style to classic natural history illustration.
Instructive prints have cleverly composed images. You can often discover new details every time you look at them. This reminds us of Tintin illustrations.
Instructive books were expensive. The artwork took much time as the artist imagine a scene and research every detail.
The best antique instructive prints are quite rare nowadays. Most had a hard life in the hands of youngsters !
Here are many of the best antique instructive picture book prints for you to choose from. They are genuine antiques from the mid 1800s and are great conversaton starters !