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Great Barrier Reef Corals by William Saville-Kent

Great Barrier Reef Corals by William Saville-Kent


This collection presents some of the images made by William Saville-Kent for his pioneering book “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia: Its Products and Potentialities” (1893). The original is housed in Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. The book contains 48 black and white photographs, and 16 sumptuous color lithographs based on original watercolors of fish, corals, sponges, anemones and more, 12 of which are included in our collection.



  • Series title: The Great Barrier Reef of Australia
  • Series size: 12 artworks
  • Edition: Limited edition of 1000
  • Proof of Ownership: Certification on the Ethereum blockchain under the ERC1155 protocol. Each artwork is delivered privately and directly to collectors as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that guarrante proof of ownership.
  • Format: Pieces consist of PNG files sized 2160x3840 pixels - 150 dpi.
  • Medium: Watercolor sketches, photography
  • Artwork materials:  Watercolour paint, paper
  • Contract Address: 0x495f947276749ce646f68ac8c248420045cb7b5e
  • ID: 2749212597480566...



An English marine biologist and author, Saville-Kent worked for various museums and aquariums in Britain before taking a job as inspector of fisheries in Tasmania at the age of 39. He longed to do marine research and found his chance in the Great Barrier Reef, where he immersed himself in collecting, painting, and drawing its vivid life forms. He broke new ground as the first to extensively depict a coral reef using photography, while his watercolor sketches bring the flourishing reef alive in all its multicolored glory.



  • Historical curatorship: HARI - Historical Art Research Institute (HARI Editions)
  • Artwork: William Saville-Kent
  • Year of original publication: 1893
  • Post-production: HARI - Historical Art Research Institute (HARI Editions)
  • Digital art supervisor: Marie-Lou Desmeules
  • Editorial: Braden Phillips
  • Historical research: Evangelos Rosios, Braden Phillips
  • Executive production: Victor Zabrockis



  • Source of artwork: Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)
  • Underlying work rights: Various
  • Digital copyrights: Various