Free Vintage Clip Art – Fanciful Animals

Recently I came across the most charming children’s book circa 1885, with the most adorable animal graphics in it!! I think you will agree these are truly delightful animals illustrations. The images include Bears and Fox and Lions, all having a wonderful time dancing, juggling and even blowing bubbles! I’ve cleaned the images up as best I could, some turned out better than others, as you’ll see below.

I hope you enjoyed these charming images. Make sure you click on them to bring up the largest size!




  1. These are fabulous graphics, thanks for finding these and making them available, Maureen….

  2. thank you so much for these absolutely charming graphics!!!

  3. These are fantastic!

  4. Your blog is really amazing and loved the animals – especially the ones that are dancing.

  5. Karen, I have long been fascinated by the anthropomorphic painting, “The Bear Dance” c. 1870by William H. Beard, and anthropomorphic images in general. Thank you so much for your kind sharing of the images today! These are my absolute favorites! Thank you so much ~ Angela

  6. Fun images, thanks Karen!

  7. These are so cool Karen!!
    Have a great day!

  8. I love these graphics! They remind me of some fairy tale books of my grandmother’s that I read as a child. I get all nostalgic at a lot of your graphics!

  9. The first one, The dancing bear~
    So nice!!

  10. really beautiful images ! thank you Karen

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