Artist, birdwatcher, and conservationist John James Audubon (American, 1785–1851) captured North American birds’ spirited energy in their native habitats. A set of Audubon lithographs (1840–44) is a Museum treasure. Our charming keepsake box is in the shape of a blue yellow-backed wood-warbler, which is depicted in Plate 91 of the original lithographs in the Museum’s collection.
Enamel. 3 1/2''L x 1 1/2''W x 2 1/2''H.
- 3 1/2''L x 1 1/2''W x 2 1/2''H
Art HistoryJohn James Audubon (American, 1785–1851) spent years studying birds in the wild, then made 435 watercolors for The Birds of America, a lavish series of large aquatints published in Edinburgh and London between 1827 and 1838. After returning to New York, the artist worked with J. B. Chevalier of Philadelphia to create 500 hand-colored lithographs of his designs. These were published in seven octavo volumes between 1840 and 1844.