How great are owls! Mysterious, formidable and wise. Owls have been part of myth and story alongside boy-witches, Pooh bears, pussycats and ancient Greek goddesses. They’re beautiful, with their snowy down, big fluffball faces and haunting eyes. So what better way to celebrate their magic with a gallery of the best vintage owl illustrations?

Below you’ll find illustrations of wise, fairy tale owls by Elsa Beskow, as well as brilliant works from natural history illustrators like Elizabeth Gould and Georges Cuvier.

Sourced mainly from vintage natural history books and children’s picture books, these images are all in the public domain and so free to download and use as you wish! What a hoot!

The most beautiful Vintage Owl Illustrations - copyright free! Hoot!

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