Eleazar Albin

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"Albin's Macaw", a Jamaican parrot only known from this 1740 painting by Eleazar Albin
Privet Hawk Moths and Callajoppa Exaltatoria by Eleazar Albin, 1720

Eleazar Albin (fl. 1690 - c.1742)[1] was an English naturalist and watercolourist illustrator who wrote and illustrated a number of books including A Natural History of English Insects (1720), A Natural History of Birds (1731–38) and The Natural History of Spiders and other Curious Insects (1736). He has been described as one of the "great entomological book illustrators of the 18th century".[1]


Nothing is known of Albin's early life, though he may have been German-born; he claimed to have been in Jamaica in 1701. In 1708 he is known to have been married and living in Piccadilly, London. According to autobiographical details in A Natural History of English Insects, Albin taught watercolour painting before being instructed in natural history by silk weaver and naturalist Joseph Dandridge.

In his work on birds he describes the wood-crow from a stuffed specimen, being probably the last description of this bird made while the species was, probably, still extant.[2]



  1. ^ a b Michael A. Salmon, Peter Marren, Basil Harley. The Aurelian Legacy (University of California Press, 2000) pp. 109-110.
  2. ^ Last records of Northern Bald Ibis in Europe


This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Albin, Eleazar". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.