Creator Record

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Name Audubon, John James
Life Dates 1785-1851
Born: Les Cayes (Sud, Haiti)
Died: New York
Nationality American
Occupation painter
Role Artist

Associated Records

Image of Nature Print Collection - 2014.20.1

Nature Print Collection - 2014.20.1

"Wild Turkey, Male," 1827, from "The Birds of America," Plate 1, double elephant folio edition, London, by John James Audubon. Colored aquatint engraving by W. H. Lizars. Exhibition Label (Birds, Bugs, & Blooms, 2014): John James Audubon, the most well-known natural history illustrator of all time, produced his original "double elephant folio" edition of the famous The Birds of America on the largest paper available at the time. The book, with its life-sized depictions of birds, was extremely expensive. Audubon struggled to sell subscriptions, but today it nevertheless remains the largest and most respected collection of bird illustrations ever published.