|John James Audubon by John Syme|
John James Audubon (1785 - 1851) is perhaps the most renowned wildlife artist in America, universally acknowledged by both art and natural history museums. He was born in 1875 in Les Cayes, Santo Domingo (now Haiti).
From his father's Pennsylvania estate, Audubon made the first bird-ringing experiments. After failing in various business ventures, he concentrated on drawing and studying birds, which took him from Florida to Labrador. His extraordinary four-volume The Birds of America, first published in London in 1827, was a 12-year enterprise that exponentially increased the knowledge of American ornithological and natural history.
The images featured in this series are mainly hand-coloured etchings and aquatints, with a few original watercolours here and there. (You can click on individual images to enlarge them).
This is part 4 of a 7-part series on Audubon's Birds of America:
|Forked tailed Petrel|
|Golden Crested Wren A.W., Sylvia Regulus |
transparent and opaque watercolour, chalk on paper 45.4 x 29.2 cm
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
|Golden-winged Warbler and Cape May Warbler|
|Goshawk and Stanley Hawk|
|Great American Hen & Young|
|Great blue Heron|
|Great Cinereous Owl|
|Great Eskimo Curlew|
|Great Horned Owl|
|Great Marbled Godwit|
|Great Northern Diver, or Loon|
|Great Red breasted Rail or Fresh-water Marsh Hen|
|Great White Heron|
|Green winged Teal|
|Hairy Woodpecker and Three-toed Woodpecker |
|Havell's Tern and Trudeau's Tern|
|Iceland, or Jer Falcon|