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J.J. Audubon

John James Audubon (1785-1851)

Audubon was born in Haiti, the illegitimate son of a successful merchant, planter, and slave dealer. He was taken to France at the age of four and educated among the well-to-do. At 15 he was drawing French birds, and at 17 studied drawing with the famous Neo-classical artist, Jacques Louis David, in Paris. In 1803, Audubon was in Pennsylvania managing his father's estate where he began his ventures into ornithology. In 1820, he made his goal the publication of an anthology of life drawings. He traveled the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and the Great Lakes, exploring for birds. Unable to find a publisher in America he traveled to London in 1826-27 where William Lizars and Robert Havell, Jr. were his engravers. In 1831, Audubon returned to the United States. In 1843, Audubon took the steamer, Omega, from St. Louis up the Missouri River to Fort Union and then overland to the Yellowstone River, making stops in Nebraska in May of 1843 and again in October on his return trip downstream. Along the way, he saw birds and animals where Catlin had seen Indians. Audubon had already become well known for his Birds of America when he came to Nebraska on this 1843 trip. His new dream, though, was to do a series on American mammals. The purpose of the trip was to gather specimens for painting but his journals do not specifically record any subjects he saw in Nebraska except for once mentioning his amazement at a jack rabbit. He returned to St. Louis in Indian hunting dress with live deer, badgers, and foxes. He completed the Quadrupeds of North America in 1845 with the help of his sons, John W. and Victor.

Original, large 85+-year-old vintage reproductions of John James Audubon's "Birds of America"
(printed in the 1930s)

The prints near the bottom of this page were printed in 1964 as part of "The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr. and published by Harry Abrams, Inc. of New York

Click here to see the original 170+-year-old, hand-coloured lithographs in Darvill's collection from the
first edition royal octavo lithographs of the Birds of America
by John James Audubon (1840-1844)

These original vintage prints are generally in very good to excellent condtion, but they are over 80 years old and thus may have some age-related and handling condition issues. Please click on the thumbnail images for an enlarged view and to assess the condition.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not, obviously, appear on the actual vintage prints.

Carolina Pigeon Turtle Dove

Carolina Pigeon, or Turtle Dove

sheet size: approx. 16" x 19 1/2"
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original vintage print, circa 1930s

$75


Towee Bunting

Towee Bunting

sheet size: approx. 16" x 19 1/2"
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original vintage print, circa 1930s

$40

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse

sheet size: approx. 19 1/2" x 13 1/2"
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see smudges and rumpling

original vintage print, circa 1930s

$25

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

sheet size: approx. 16" x 19 3/4"
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Some edge/corner wear and rumpling; fox mark left center

original vintage print, circa 1930s

$75

Canada Jay

Canada Jay

sheet size: approx. 16" x 19 3/4"
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Some edge/corner wear and rumpling; small rust(?) stains at bottom

original vintage print, circa 1930s

$65

Black & Yellow Warbler

Black & Yellow Warbler

sheet size: approx. 16" x 20 1/2"
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Some edge/corner wear

original vintage print, circa 1930s

$65

Cat Bird

Cat Bird

sheet size: approx. 16" x 20 1/2"
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Some edge/corner wear, including soft crease upper left corner

original vintage print, circa 1930s

$50

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

sheet size: approx. 16" x 20"
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Some edge/corner wear, minor rumpling

original vintage print, circa 1930s

$50

White-crowned Pigeon

White-crowned Pigeon

sheet size: approx. 16" x 20"
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Some edge/corner wear, minor rumpling

original vintage print, circa 1930s

$65

Yellow-breasted Chat

Yellow-breasted Chat

sheet size: approx. 16" x 19 3/4"
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Some edge/corner wear, minor rumpling

original vintage print, circa 1930s

$65

Wild Turkey Male

Wild Turkey (Male)

sheet size: approx. 14" x 17"
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original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$75

American Flamingo

American Flamingo

sheet size: approx. 14" x 17"
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original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$75

Louisiana Heron

Louisiana Heron

sheet size: approx. 17" x 14"
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original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$75

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

sheet size: approx. 14" x 17"
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original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$75

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan

sheet size: approx. 17" x 14"
click on thumbnail image for enlarged view of entire sheet

original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$75

Iceland or Gyr Falcon

Iceland or Gyr Falcon

sheet size: approx. 14" x 17"
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original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$75

Band-tailed Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

sheet size: approx. 14" x 17"
click on thumbnail image for enlarged view of entire sheet

original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$50

Passenger Pigeon

Passenger Pigeon

sheet size: approx. 14" x 17"
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original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$75

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

sheet size: approx. 14" x 17"
click on thumbnail image for enlarged view of entire sheet

original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$75

Little Screech Owl

Little Screech Owl

sheet size: approx. 14" x 17"
click on thumbnail image for enlarged view of entire sheet

original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$50

Canada Jay

Canada Jay

sheet size: approx. 14" x 17"
click on thumbnail image for enlarged view of entire sheet

original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$60

Cardinel Grosbeak

Cardinal Grosbeak

sheet size: approx. 14" x 17"
click on thumbnail image for enlarged view of entire sheet

original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$75

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

sheet size: approx. 14" x 17"
click on thumbnail image for enlarged view of entire sheet

original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$75

American Magpie

American Magpie

sheet size: approx. 14" x 17"
click on thumbnail image for enlarged view of entire sheet

original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$40

Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Teal

sheet size: approx. 17" x 14"
click on thumbnail image for enlarged view of entire sheet

original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$50

Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern

sheet size: approx. 14" x 17"
click on thumbnail image for enlarged view of entire sheet

original vintage print, circa 1964
"The Audubon Folio: 30 Great Birds" by George Dock, Jr.
Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

$60

 

Click here to see the original hand-coloured lithographs in Darvill's collection from the
first edition royal octavo lithographs of the Birds of America
by John James Audubon (1840-1844)

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