Beauty is in the eye of the beholder


Microslide Art offers unique, historical pieces that will brighten up any space

If you’re looking for a slightly different way to style your home or office, then it’s time to go back. Way back – to the Victorian era, to be specific.

The late Gerard L’Estrange Turner, who was not only the visiting professor in the History of Scientific Instruments, but also the secretary, president and archivist of the Royal Microscopical Society, based much of his livelihood around what could be found under a microscope, and the Industrial Revolution and advances in science only made it easier for amateurs and professionals alike to discover the world around them. 

These social changes saw people all around marvelling at the modern world and making vital discoveries about exotic plant, mineral and animal samples from Britain’s far-flung colonies, all through the lens of a microscope. These discoveries were recorded on slides, very much like the ones you may have used in science class as a child, and showed a world beyond the realm of the human eye. 

Imagine – looking up close at the wing of a butterfly, and instead seeing a complex structural system reminiscent of industrial beams! Or realising the shapes and colours of plant tissues! Now you can imagine this, and more, on a much larger, more impressive scale.

Richard Courtiour has been collecting and dealing in microscopes and prepared specimen slides for around 12 years.
He supplies items to a band of collectors around the world and currently owns around 15 mircoscopes and 17,000 specimen slides. He owns a staggering range. Many of his slides were originally produced for educational purposes and offer an insight into specimens collected from all corners of the world – from bacteria to insects to minerals – and these diatoms were selected and arranged in a pleasing pattern of colours and forms. 

These slides are now available for your home or office. It doesn’t matter whether you understand the science behind it – the beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder – and you can be sure that these works of art will catch every eye that goes past. These pieces look striking no matter where you choose to hang them, and will add instant detail to any space. 

If hanging them at home, why not choose to put them in a reception room, such as a kitchen or dining room? Placed above a key feature such as a sofa or fireplace, they help to draw the eye centrally within the room, and add a welcome splash of colour and detail unlike other works of art. When using them in an office or work-space, these prints can be used to instantly illuminate blank, corporate-looking walls, and would work especially well in a boardroom or reception space to make guests and clients take a second look. 

There are so many pieces to choose from. You can choose from a variety of colours and patterns to suit any mood, and there is a range of framing and mounting alternatives – simply mounted on card, the pieces will cost you only £15.00. 

• For more information about Microslide Art, or to see what pieces are available for purchase, please visit, or email

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