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    Red-Bellied Squirrel from John James Audubon

    John James Audubon. Sciurus Feruginiventris - Plate XXXVIII (Bowen Edition). Lithograph of the Red-Bellied Squirrel, hand-colored by J. T. Bowen and dated 1844, from the imperial folio edition of Audubon's The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (Philadelphia: 1845-1848). In generally good condition, with only light foxing but soiled in places and with considerable edge tears (none extending into image area) and edge chipping (some repaired on rear in tape). Two pieces of white mounting tape at top edge of verso. Damp stain to top right corner, not touching the image. A beautiful print with lovely coloring and full-frame foliage. Approximately 27.5 x 21.5 inches.


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    John James Audubon(1785-1851), the Haitian-born Frenchman who spent most of his life in the United States, is, without question, the greatest and most influential painter of birds in the history of ornithological illustration. His masterpiece, The Birds of America (1827-1838), took twelve years of meticulous work to complete. The 435 hand-colored aquatint engravings, masterfully rendered by Robert Havell, were originally printed on huge double elephant folio paper, depicting North American birds in their full life-size glory. This original "Havell Edition" is the first and most sought-after printing, and it is estimated that only 175 complete sets of this edition were produced. In 1842 Audubon issued the "Octavo Edition," a smaller format (and more affordable) edition intended to reach a larger audience. The "Bien Edition"- a collection of chromolithograph reissues - appeared between 1858 and 1860, but was left incomplete as the publication was halted by the onset of the Civil War; it is estimated that only 75 sets of this edition were issued. Audubon's last work wasThe Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, a study of mammals published in both an imperial folio format by J. T. Bowen as well as an octavo edition by Lockwood & Co. Not only was Audubon a superb wildlife painter, but he also contributed significantly to the study of bird anatomy and behavior. John James Audubon's influential and groundbreaking work occupies a monumental place of honor in the pantheon of ornithological and natural history art.



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    June, 2015
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