FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
John James AUDUBON
John James Audubon’s last major accomplishment was the creation of 'The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America' (Imperial Bowen Edition) which was
produced in collaboration with his friend, the Reverend John Bachman (1790-1874), a Lutheran minister and naturalist from Charleston, SC, who wrote the
accompanying text. In the summer of 1843, John James Audubon embarked with his son, John Woodhouse, on a final drawing expedition up the Missouri
River to document and depict the four-legged mammals of North America. Produced from 1845 to 1848 by the distinguished Philadelphia printmaker, John
T. Bowen, the set of 150 black-and-white lithographs was completely hand-colored. This Imperial Bowen edition was published in three volumes of 50 prints
each in 1845, 1846 and 1848, in an total edition size of approx. 300. These prints were published in imperial folio size, also defined as the elephant size,
measuring 22 by 28 inches. Many of the mammals were drawn by John Woodhouse Audubon with backgrounds contributed by Victor Gifford Audubon.
Title: "Arctic Fox" (Plate: 121)
*In good condition
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: approx. 300
Framed size: 29.63" x 35.25"
Sheet size: 22" x 28"
Image size: 17" x 24.75"
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.