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Collection Nature Print Collection
Catalog Number 2014.20.1
Object Name Print
Description "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.
Title Wild Turkey, Male, "The Birds of America," Plate 1, double elephant folio edition
Date 1827
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Audubon, John James
Role of Creator 2 Artist
Creator 2 Lizars, William Home
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique aquatint engraving
Dimensions H-50.062 W-37.625 inches
Credit line Gift of Jeffery M. Leving, Founder, Fathers’ Rights
Subjects Illustration, Ornithological