These illustrations of the Great Barrier Reef from 1893 are incredible

By Australian Geographic 17 June 2019
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The colour! These late 19th-century illustrations of the corals of the Great Barrier Reef are mesmerising.

IN 1884, naturalist  William Saville-Kent travelled to Queensland from London determined to capture the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

From the photographs Sackville-Kent captured, artists Riddle and Couchman created beautifully coloured lithographs for Sackville-Kent’s book The Great Barrier Reef of Australia (1893), which he hoped would promote the unique Australian icon.