Francis Hobart Herrick, professor of biology in the Adelbert College of Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio), was asked in 1889 by the United States Commissioner of Fisheries to prepare a complete work on the general biology of the American Lobster. For five years Herrick researched lobsters along the coasts of Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire from the United States Fish Commission laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The culmination of his work was entitled The American Lobster: A study of its habits and development which he published in volume 15 of the Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission for 1895. This comprehensive study includes over 100 detailed and very accurate drawings of Homarus americanus.

This gallery contains a digitally restored sampling of Herrick's drawings from his extensive study of the American lobster. This sampling of photos represents some of the best illustrations of the American lobster even today.

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Classic illustration of an American Lobster by Francis Hobart Herrick Classic illustration of an American Lobster by Francis Hobart Herrick Classic illustration of an American Lobster by Francis Hobart Herrick Classic illustration of American lobster development by Francis Hobart Herrick Classic illustration of an American Lobster by Francis Hobart Herrick
Classic illustration of an American Lobster by Francis Hobart Herrick Classic illustration of an American Lobster by Francis Hobart Herrick Classic illustration of an American Lobster by Francis Hobart Herrick Classic illustration of American lobster development by Francis Hobart Herrick Classic illustration of an American Lobster by Francis Hobart Herrick
Classic illustration of American lobster claws by Francis Hobart Herrick Classic illustration of American lobster claws by Francis Hobart Herrick Classic illustration of American lobster claws by Francis Hobart Herrick Classic illustration of American lobster development by Francis Hobart Herrick Classic illustration of American lobster development by Francis Hobart Herrick