FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
John James AUDUBON
Title: "Snow Bunting"
Engraved by: Robert Havell
Origin: Havell Edition, The Birds of America, 1834
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Aquatint
Framed Size: 46" X 37"
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.
In Edinburgh, the Scottish engraver W. H. Lizars began to produce the very first plates
for Birds of America. However, after the completion of only ten plates, Lizars'
colorists went on strike, and Audubon was forced to continue his pursuit of an
engraver. Audubon's dream finally found fruition with Robert Havell, a renowned
London engraver. The portfolio of Birds of America, comprised of 435 hand-colored
engravings, took twelve years, from 1826 to 1838, to complete. Havell also retouched
Lizars' original efforts, adding aquatint to the engraving, and on those ten plates the
Havell name appears alongside that of the Scottish engraver's.
Havell Edition, The Birds of America