In the early nineteenth century, naturalists spent considerable time drawing animal eyes in exquisite detail. My favorite example is featured below (and sampled above). Titian Ramsay Peale drew these “Indian dogs” in the spring of 1820, and his illustration is housed at the American Philosophical Society (link here). If you’d like to learn more about the artist, you’ll be happy to know that the APS Museum will be opening a new exhibit on the illustrious Peale family early next year. You can learn more at this link. Finally, you can read my previous post about illustrations of Native American dogs at this link.