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John James Audubon's (1785-1851) watercolors for the double elephant folio The Birds of America (1827–38), are recognized as a major accomplishment in American art. Considered America's first great watercolorist, the legendary naturalist-artist rendered his birds in unparalleled life-size scale and captured them with all the vivid drama of their avian life. Since every avian watercolor is based on a lifetime of observation and study, they characterize the essence of each bird in arresting, often cinematic, images that soar beyond illustration to magically capture the fragile, often brutal and endangered balance of nature. The New-York Historical Society holds all 435 watercolor models for its 435 plates, engraved by Robert Havell Jr., plus an additional thirty-nine avian watercolors by Audubon.
Finish: Solid brass, electro-plated with non-tarnishing silver finish, giclee print
Dimensions: Approx. 1.25" W x 3" L (Packaged in an Acetate Sleeve with Provenance Card)