Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Audubon: Birds of America part 5

John James Audubon, engraved by H. B. Hall, 
based on a painting by Henry Inman

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 5 of a 7-part series on Audubon's Birds of America:

Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Key-west Dove

King Duck

Kittiwake Gull

Labrador Falcon

Large billed Puffin

Lark Finch, Prairie Finch and Brown Song Sparrow

Lazuli Finch, Crimson-necked Bull-finch, Grey Crowned Linnet,
Cow-pen Bird, Evening Grosbeak and Brown Longspur

Lazuli Finch, Clay-Coloured Finch and Oregon Snow Finch,
Plant Liberty Thrush

Least Bittern

Least Stormy-Petrel

Lesser Red-Poll

Lesser Tern

Little Tawny Thrush, Ptiliogony's Townsendi and Canada Jay

Little Tyrant Flycatcher, Blue Mountain Warbler, Short-Legged Pewee,
Small-Headed Flycatcher, Bartram's Vireo and Rocky Mountain Flycatcher

Loggerhead Shrike

Long-billed Curlew

Long-eared Owl

Louisiana Hawk

Louisiana Heron

Mallard Duck

Maria's Woodpecker etc

Marsh Tern

Marsh Wren

Meadow Lark

Mississippi Kite

Mocking Bird

Mountain Mocking bird and Varied Thrush

Mourning Dove

Night Hawk

Night Heron, or Qua bird

Nuttalls lesser-marsh Wren

Nuttall's Starling, Yellow-headed Troopial and Bullock's Oriole

Orchard Oriele

Osprey and Weakfish 
oil on canvas mounted on hardboard 101.6 x 66.7 cm 
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Painted Finch

Palm Warbler

Passenger Pigeon

Peregrine Falcon

Pied Duck

Pied oyster-catcher

Pigeon Hawk

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