Monday, 18 January 2016

Audubon: Birds of America part 7

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:

Scaup Duck

Scolopaceus Courlan

Semi-palmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Snipe, or Willet

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sharp-tailed Grous ( Grouse )

Shoveller Duck

Slender-billed Guillemot

Small Green-Crested Flycatcher

Snow Bunting

Snow Goose

Snowy Heron or White Egret

Snowy Owl

Song Sparrow

Spotted Sandpiper

Summer Red Bird

Swainson's Warbler

Swallow-tailed Hawk

Tengmalm's Owl

Three-Toed Woodpecker

Towhee Bunting 
chalk, pencil, watercolour and ink on paper 23.8 x 28.3 cm Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Townsend's Sandpiper

Townsend's Warbler, Arctic Blue Bird and Western Blue Bird

Tropic Bird

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Turkey Buzzard

Violet-green Cormorant and Townsend's Cormorant

Virginia Rail watercolour original

Virginian Partridge

Washington Sea Eagle 
oil on canvas 116.8 x 84.5 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Western Duck

White and Brown Ibis

White Heron

White-headed Eagle

White-headed Eagle

White-Legged Oyster-Catcher and Slender-Billed Oyster-Catcher

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Yellow Red-poll Warbler

Yellow Shank

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-breasted Chat

Yellow-Crowned Heron

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