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1860 Chromolithograph of John Audubon "Birds of America" Drawing

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An original Julius Bien edition 1860 hand-colored chromolithograph of a drawing from American wildlife artist John J. Audubon’s (1785-1851) highly collectible books of sketches and drawings, Birds of America. This particular print is from the edition of the book printed by American lithographer Julius Bien (1826-1909) at the request of Audubon’s son, John Woodhouse Audubon, seven years after his father’s passing. This edition is at times even more sought after than the originals, due to the fact is is printed in chromolithography (rather than the original copper plate engravings) and was created in America (rather than Britain). The image includes images of the Arkansaw Flycatcher, the Swallow Tailed Flycatcher, and the Says Flycatcher. The birds sit on delicate branches as butterflies flutter around them. The plate number, 54, is printed in the upper right. The birds’ names are printed in black script in the lower margin of the image. The initial ‘t.’ is written in pencil in the lower right corner. The print is presented behind glass in a beveled wooden frame. A wire is attached to the verso for hanging. More information about the artists can be found under Related Links.


-light yellowing and foxing, consistent with age. Top left corner of the image has been ripped away, and a small tear to the upper margin extends about 1.5 inches into the paper. Light scratching on frame.


20.75" W x 28.0" H x 1.0" D

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