|John James Audubon c1850|
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 7 of a 7-part series on Audubon's Birds of America:
|Semipalmated Snipe, or Willet|
|Sharp-tailed Grous ( Grouse )|
|Small Green-Crested Flycatcher|
|Snowy Heron or White Egret|
|Summer Red Bird|
|Towhee Bunting |
chalk, pencil, watercolour and ink on paper 23.8 x 28.3 cm Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
|Townsend's Warbler, Arctic Blue Bird and Western Blue Bird|
|Violet-green Cormorant and Townsend's Cormorant|
|Virginia Rail watercolour original|
|Washington Sea Eagle |
oil on canvas 116.8 x 84.5 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
|White and Brown Ibis|
|White-Legged Oyster-Catcher and Slender-Billed Oyster-Catcher|
|Yellow Red-poll Warbler|