|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:
|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
|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
|Maria's Woodpecker etc|
|Mountain Mocking bird and Varied Thrush|
|Night Heron, or Qua bird|
|Nuttalls lesser-marsh Wren|
|Nuttall's Starling, Yellow-headed Troopial and Bullock's Oriole|
|Osprey and Weakfish |
oil on canvas mounted on hardboard 101.6 x 66.7 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC