Framed Great Blue Heron

Framed Great Blue Heron

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  • Author: John James Audubon
  • Date: c. 1999
  • Medium: Limited Edition Reproduction
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Inches: 41 x 54 1/4
  • Centimeters: 105.13 x 139.10
  • Product ID: 305004
Oppenheimer Editions fine art facsimile, one of Audubon’s most magnificent birds, #144/150

The lavish double-elephant-size folio of The Birds of America spectacularly launched John James Audubon’s career as an artist-naturalist and publisher of natural history folios.

John James Audubon sold 186 subscriptions to the complete folio of The Birds of America, each of which commanded the princely sum of $1,000 — the cost of a substantial home at that time. Published on sheets measuring 26 1/2 by 39 inches, called double-elephant by the printing trade, the aquatint engravings depict each subject in its actual size and are among the largest ever made. Still, John James Audubon often altered the larger birds’ natural postures, creatively composing the figure to fit within the dimensions of the sheet. Of the 186 complete sets produced, more than 100 are intact in library and museum collections worldwide. Since first produced by Robert Havell over 175 years ago, few of the sets have been broken to make individual prints available for sale.

John James Audubon explored the American backwoods and wilderness to discover, record, and illustrate its avian life. America’s most revered artist-naturalist, John James Audubon (1785—1851), is renowned for his extraordinary undertaking to record The Birds of America. The images he created are icons of 19th-century art. Fascinated by nature since childhood, it was not until 1819, when he was the father of two sons, that John James Audubon fully embraced the life of an artist-naturalist. In 1820, John James Audubon left his family in Cincinnati, embarking with a young apprentice, Joseph R. Mason. Joseph R. Mason worked with John James Audubon from 1820 until 1822, contributing mostly botanical elements to about 55 of John James Audubon’s paintings. Later, the artists George Lehman, Maria Martin, and his sons Victor Gifford Audubon and John Woodhouse Audubon assisted John James Audubon with botanical and landscape backgrounds.

Blind embossed with the Oppenheimer Editions and Field Museum logos

With 22kt white gold museum framing from The Antiquarium. We offer archival, museum-quality framing to clients worldwide.