- Author: John James Audubon
- Date: c. 1999
- Medium: Audubon's 50 Best Watercolors, New York Historical Society, Oppenheimer Editions Fine Art Facsimile
- Condition: Very Good
- Inches: 37 15/16 x 50 9/16
- Centimeters: 97.28 x 129.65
- Product ID: 305005
Oppenheimer Editions fine art facsimile, one of Audubon’s most magnificent birds, #26/200
The images created by John James Audubon are icons of nineteenth-century American art. Renowned for the Havell double-elephant folio of The Birds of America published from 1827 to 1838, his original watercolors made preparatory for that publication are less familiar. These fragile treasures reside in the New-York Historical Society (NYHS), the oldest museum in New York City. Yet, it is these stunning watercolors that most authentically convey the virtuosity of Audubon’s artistic vision of the cycle of avian life in nature.
The prints in Audubon’s Watercolors New-York Historical Society Edition are astounding facsimiles, re-creations of the watercolors. This is the first ever actual-size fine art printing of John James Audubon’s original watercolor study of the American White Pelican. This and the remainder of the Oppenheimer Watercolor Edition are available for collectors to own and enjoy. Museums and libraries, including the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, Nevada Museum of Art, and New-York Historical Society have acquired the entire Oppenheimer set for their collections, for public viewing and scholarly study.
Printed with archival pigments on 100% rag watercolor paper, these prints directly capture the artist’s hand and fundamental vision unlike any other publication. Each image is individually sized to match the dimensions of the original watercolor. So exact is the printing process that every nuance of the original watercolors is conveyed. First hailed in John James Audubon’s day as an unparalleled document of natural history, this priceless collection of American art has never before been available
Each Audubon Watercolor bears the embossing of the New-York Historical Society at the bottom left corner, and the embossing of Oppenheimer Editions at the bottom right. The verso is stamped with the signature of the President of the New-York Historical Society, and numbered by hand.
Strictly limited to an edition of 200 #26/200
The Pelican includes 22kt gold custom framing by The Antiquarium. We offer archival, museum-quality custom picture framing to clients worldwide.