Friday, 15 January 2016

Audubon: Birds of America part 6

John James Audubon

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

Pileated Woodpecker

Pin tailed Duck

Pine Creeping Warbler 

Pinnated Grouse

Piping Flycatcher

Buffel-headed Duck

Plumed Partridge and Thick-legged Partridge

Prairie Starling

Prairie Titlark

Prairie Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler


Purple Finch

Purple Gallinule

Purple Grackle 
watercolour, pencil, chalk and ink on paper 48.9 x 35.5 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Purple Grakle, or Common Crow Blackbird

Purple Heron

Purple Martin

Purple Sandpiper

Red headed Woodpecker

Red Phalarope 
watercolour original

Red winged Starling, or Marsh Blackbird

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Sandpiper

Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Red-Cockaded Woodpecker 
watercolour original

Red-eyed Vireo 

Red-necked Grebe

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-Throated Diver

Republican, or Cliff Swallow

Rice Bird

Rock Grous ( Grouse )

Roseate Spoonbill

Rough-legged Falcon

Rough-legged Falcon

Ruby-throated Humming Bird

Ruff-necked Humming-bird

Ruffed Grouse

Salt Water Marsh Hen

Sandwich Tern watercolour original

Savannah Finch

Scarlet Ibis

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