Ernst Haeckel on Lily Stockman's blog I promptly ordered Art Forms in Nature. Stealing some time in the quiet minutes during nap earlier this week I poured over the 100 pages of monographs with wide-eyed delight; just, you know, geeking out over the wonderous and other-worldly renderings of hydromedusae, mollusca, tineola bisselliella, etc.
Beatrix Potter was also a talented and skillful botanical artist but wasn't allowed to show her work in a proper gallery because she was a GIRL? But it was okay for her to illustrate her own children's books about Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck (which I adore too of course!). Gotta do some researching!