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Choose from 36 pictures in our Great Auk 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.


Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis), engraving Featured Great Auk Print

Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis), engraving

Great Auk. Engraved plate of a Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis), a bird that became extinct in the mid-19th century. This was the last species of a genus of giant flightless birds, and the only species to survive until modern times. Although hunted by native populations in northern Europe and America, it was hunting for its down that brought Great Auk populations close to extincion. The last colony was discovered on the island of Eldey near Iceland, in less than ten years the birds had all been killed, ironically to sell the pelts to museums for preservation and display. This illustration comes from Old Worm's Museum Wormianum, published at Amsterdam in 1655, and purports to show a Great Auk kept as a pet by Professor Worm himself

© MIDDLE TEMPLE LIBRARY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Great Auk, Pinguinus impennis, large, flightless Featured Great Auk Print

Great Auk, Pinguinus impennis, large, flightless

Great Auk, Pinguinus impennis, large, flightless bird that became extinct in the mid-19th century. . Colour printed illustration by Heinrich Harder from Tiere der Urwelt Animals of the Prehistoric World, 1916, Hamburg. Heinrich Harder (1858-1935) was a German landscape artist and book illustrator

© Florilegius / Mary Evans

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Great auk, 19th century artwork Featured Great Auk Print

Great auk, 19th century artwork

Great auk (Pinguinus impennis), artwork. This flightless bird inhabited the north Atlantic, breeding on rocky islands. It grew up to 85 centimetres tall and weighed around 5 kilograms. It was an excellent swimmer and hunted fish and crabs as well as feeding on plankton. It became extinct in the 19th century, largely due to overfishing for its down. Plate 22 from 'Watercolour drawings of British Animals' (1831-1841) by William MacGillivray. This illustration is dated 1839

© NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY