From Joseph Smit’s From Nebula to Man (1905)
In case some of you don’t recognize it, the diminutive theropod is the dinosaur then known as “Laelaps” (=Dryptosaurus), probably attacking a rather large and goofy-looking Hadrosaurus. Being that both dinosaurs have been found in New Jersey from the same time period early on in the history of paleontology, they were a perfect match to feature together in art, at least until the famous Tyrannosaurus/Triceratops duo became established. Also note how this particular artist essentially lifted Charles R. Knight’s design for Laelaps (see the banner for this blog), which seemed to be the style at the time. One of these days I’ll have to collect the various artistic depictions of Dryptosaurus together on here, the fragmentary nature of the skeleton giving different artists some very different ideas as to what my favorite theropod from my home state looked like.