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John James Audubon
Long-tailed Duck

1840-1844

$425Asking Price

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An original hand-colored lithograph on wove paper by American artist John James Audubon (1785-1851) titled "Long-tailed Duck", 1840-1844. (Plate 410, No. 82). Limited edition: approx. 1,200. Lithography and hand-coloring by American artist John T. Bowen (1801-c.1856). Comes from Audubon's famous book "The Birds of America", First Royal Octavo Edition (1840-1844). Printed by John T. Bowen and published by John James Audubon and J.B. Chevalier, New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA. Provenance: private collection - Tampa, FL. Sheet size: 6.88" x 10.5". Image size: 4" x 7.25". Some minor discoloration and surface marks. In otherwise very good condition with strong colors. To make 'The Birds of America' more affordable and widely available, in 1839 John James Audubon began the first octavo edition, a smaller version of the folio which was printed and hand-colored by J. T. Bowen in Philadelphia. Employing a new invention, the camera lucida, the images were reduced in size, rendered in intermediate drawings by John James Audubon and his son John Woodhouse, and then drawn onto lithographic stones. These miniatures exhibit a remarkable amount of attention to quality and detail, as well as a meticulous fidelity to the larger works. Some compositional changes were made in order to accommodate the smaller format. Like the Havell edition, John James Audubon’s first octavo edition was sold by subscription and distributed in parts, five at a time. However, the octavo editions were issued in proper phylogenic, or species order. These prints also bear the plate number in the upper right-hand corner and the subscription number in the upper left. The first edition of approximately 1,200 sets was completed in five years from 1839 to 1844. A total of 500 images comprise the First Royal Octavo Edition. John James Audubon (April 26, 1785, Les Cayes, Saint-Domingue (later Haiti) – January 27, 1851 (aged 65) Manhattan, New York, U.S.), born Jean-Jacques Audubon, was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827–1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon identified 25 new species.

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  • Creator
    John James Audubon (1785-1851, American, French)
  • Creation Year
    1840-1844
  • Dimensions
    Height: 6.88 in. (17.48 cm)Width: 10.5 in. (26.67 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Saint Augustine, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU12128459192

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