(Link to an overview of the Friedrich Simony collection of the Department of Archive and History of Science at the NHM Vienna)
Other highlights in the picture collection include 69 watercolors by Joseph Selleny (1824 – 1875), which were donated to the Department in 1988 by the relatives of Georg Ritter von Frauenfeld (1807 – 1873), as well as animal paintings by Franz Theodor Zimmerman (1808 – 1880) commissioned by the Imperial Cabinet. In addition, there are watercolors and drawings by the researcher Eduard Friedrich Poeppig (1798 – 1868), paintings by the mycologist August Carl Joseph Corda (1809 – 1849), over 400 works by plant painter Johann Buchberger and the collection of cryptogam paintings by Josef and Nikolaus Zehner.
The Portrait Collection
The collection includes many portraits of differing sizes using different techniques, including paper cuts, oil paintings, graphite drawings, watercolors, pastels, and a range of prints including lithography, etching, aquatint, and woodblock printing. Styles vary from serious, dignified portraits to caricatures.