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Red Breasted Sandpiper Havell edition

John James Audubon

About The Red Breasted Sandpiper Havell edition

From the Birds of America, Made in the United States and Their Territories series, this hand-colored aquatint, etching and line engraving was printed on wove Whatman paper. The Whatman watermark is resident in the lower margin. Generous margins are extant, as the sheet size measures 21 7/8" height X 27 1/8" width. There is likely a small degree of fade to the watercolor, as UV blocking glass is a recent derivation. Overall effect of the watercolor is even in its values and application.

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From the Birds of America, Made in the United States and Their Territories series, this hand-colored aquatint, etching and line engraving was printed on wove Whatman paper. The Whatman watermark is resident in the lower margin. Generous margins are extant, as the sheet size measures 21 7/8" height X 27 1/8" width. There is likely a small degree of fade to the watercolor, as UV blocking glass is a recent derivation. Overall effect of the watercolor is even in its values and application.

Marked Down from $2,800 to $1,900

About the Artist

(1785-1851) "John James Audubon's entire career was devoted to preserving images of rapidly declining species of birds and wild animals in watercolor and oil. Audubon was born in Santa Domingo (now Haiti) to a French naval officer and his Creole mistress. He was raised in France during the French Revolution. In 1803, Audubon fled with his father to the United States because Napoleon was seeking soldiers for his army. Although he studied with Jacques-Louis David (France) and John Stein in Natchez, Mississippi, Audubon was largely self-taught as an artist and a scientist. Audubon soon became enthralled with every bird in North America, and he traveled extensively up and down the Ohio and Mississippi River basins and as far south as the Florida Keys to study birds and to produce watercolors in preparation for The Birds of America. From 1819-1839, the ornithologist Audubon catalogued as many species as he could and his notes and paintings are represented in the now-famous John James Audubon: The Watercolors for the Birds of America.The artist, naturalist, explorer, publisher was also an entrepreneur, writer and an active, vocal environmentalist. He realistically and enthusiastically painted wildlife (especially birds) in flying or grounded positions with detailed accuracy and preserved in paint many now-extinct birds for future generations to study and observe. After 1826, Audubon went to Great Britain to raise subscription money and find engravers and publishers for Birds of America, published eventually from 1828-1838 with the help of Scottish engraver William Home Lizars (the early part of the series) and English engraver-publisher Robert Havell, Jr. From 1831-1832, Audubon returned to Florida to paint more birds. From 1845-1848, the series Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America was published and made the reputation of this naturalist." Excerpted from AskArt.com submitted by Pierce Galleries

Medium Hand-colored aquatint, etching and line engraving
Edition Havell Edition, Plate 315
Plate size 12 1/8" height X 19 3/8" width
Paper size 21 7/8" height X 27 1/8" width
Signed Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon is printed at viewer's lower left. Engraved, Printed and Coloured by R. Havell 1836 is printed at viewer's lower right margin.
Date of creation 1836
Condition Good, light soiling on verso and in margins on front. Some genius wrote in blue pencil +543 in viewer's lower left margin. Along edges of paper are intermittent yellow stains 1/16 in height for several inches. Slight fade to watercolor is likely.
Provenance From an Arizona estate CS