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Dinosaurs of Charles R Knight

As a kid in the 1970’s, I was obsessed with Dinosaurs. I had a really cool dinosaur poster in my my room (which I recently found). My favorite Saturday Morning show was Land of the Lost (not the bad movie but the 70’s show).

I still love dinosaurs. I will watch any movie with dinosaurs no matter how bad or corny just to watch these fascinating and extinct creatures. I love the Jurassic Park movies. When I visited Washington D.C. a few years ago, I had to go to the Smithsonian to look at the dinosaur fossils.  Yes, I still love dinosaurs.

When I stumbled upon some of the art work of Charles R. Knight, I was swept back to my childhood.  I can’t tell you how many Dinosaur books I checked out with his art work through out it. I didn’t know his name as a kid but now I will never forget it.

Charles R Knight started painting images of dinosaurs and other extinct animals for the American Museum of Natural History after  attracting the attention of Dr. Jacob Wortman.  He was the first known artist to depict many of the dinosaurs. “One of Knight’s best-known pieces for the American Museum of Natural History is 1897’s Leaping Laelaps (top picture), which was one of the few pre-1960s images to present dinosaurs as active, fast-moving creatures.” (Wikipedia) Knight’s vision of dinosaurs captured the imaginations of countless adults and children and he still has my imagination.

I am feeling quite nostalgic while looking at these pictures of these paintings.

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