Friday, December 19, 2008

Animals in Formalin Preservation, Photo Gallery










In the preservation of animal specimens for study, animals are usually preserved using formalin where the whole body would be immersed in the posture in which it is supposed to stay permanently because it will be hardened. The ratio of formalin to carcass must at least be 12 to 1 to ensure a good fixation.

I have discovered a collection of beautiful photographs of animals in preserved in formalin on a website called Hemmy.net, via the afore mentioned E-L-I-S-E blog. I can not find any citation for the museum where they were shot or the photographer's name; I suspect, per the familiar looking labels and specimens, that the photographs were taken at the Hunterian Collection in London, but have no idea about the photographer--does anyone out there have any ideas?

To see the full collection of photos, visit Hemmy.net.

6 comments:

Don said...

Amazing collection. 3480 is beatiful.

Gilbert said...

Looks like something out of H P Lovecraft.

Mavis said...

it's beautiful!

Deaf Brown Trash Punk said...

gorgeous and creepy

Simon Chaplin said...

They're the work of Elaine Duigenan, from her project 'Mysteries of Generation'. The specimens are from the Hunterian Museum at The Royal College of Surgeons in London - all are from the collection of John Hunter, and were made between 1760 and 1793. There are images of all 3,600 specimens online here - though not the same quality as Elaine's photographs!

Florentine said...

Amazing pictures! I'm working on paintings of jarred specimen and this blog has been a great help in finding resources. Thanks a lot!