In her conclusion to the Glass, Jelly, and Jewels series, Arts columnist Rachel Cheong sums up her thoughts on the glimmering facets of the Oaten Pipes Hydroid; ultimately, even preservation is a creative act.
Philip Henry Gosse’s landmark study of sea creatures brought about a trend of displaying exotic invertebrates as glittering home decorations. Learn about the surprising visual and social appeal that dead marine fauna held for Victorian aristocrats.
Fragile facsimiles and meticulously embalmed specimens of dead crustaceans, butterflies and other rare animals are tucked away behind the solemn wooden doors of 26 Oxford Street. Discover how the most delicate of them all came to call Harvard’s Museum of Natural History home.