Impeccably-Drawn Infographics of the 1800’s by John Philipps Emslie

Infographics are an undoubtedly popular way to display information in the 21st century, but did you know that they've been around long before that? John Philipps Emslie illustrated a large number of maps and contributed to the British topographical archive in the mid-to-late 1800's. His highly-technical drawings reflect why we love graphics like these; they take numbers, acute scientific details, and measurements, weaving them into something that's beautiful to look at and easier to understand.

Emslie's work includes diagrams of nature and space. The scientific engravings show a telescopic view of the moon, illustrate what different comets look like, and the differences between astronomical and geographical clocks. Although we now have more sophisticated ways of sharing this type of information, these impeccably-drawn images still intrigue us with their now-historical content.

via [Juxtapoz and Lost Type]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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