Lithograph handcolored, 1861
Paper size 10 3/8 x 6 3/4" (262 x 170 mm).
Overall good condition, minor light stain. LOCATION: New York City
Inventory Number: 26056
John James Audubon – Black-shouldered Elanus – Plate 16. From the royal octavo (8vo) edition of "The Birds of America" by John James Audubon. Second or later edition octavo edition. Lithograph handcolored printed by J. T. Bowen, Philadelphia.
America's most famous naturalist was born in Haiti, West Indies, on April 26, 1785. He was the son of Captain Jean Audubon and Rabin, a Creole woman. His two major works were "The Birds of America" and "The Quadrupeds of North America." He had two sons, Victor Gifford and John Woodhouse, who became artists in their own right. He died at his home in New York City, on January 27, 1851. : Audubon's most celebrated work, "The Birds of America" in the octavo edition contains 500 handcolored lithographs, the first edition was published 1840 to 1844, later editions exist and were printed after 1850. The original watercolors for this monumental work are owned by The New York Historical Society which is located at 170 Central Park West, New York City. A visit to the Historical Society when these exquisite watercolors are on display is a must. 18th-19th Century Subjects, Audubon, Octavo Birds