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Havell Edition Hand-Colored Engraving from J.J. Audubon's "The Birds of America"

Item Details

Robert Havell (British; 1793-1878) after drawings by J.J. Audubon (American; 1785-1851)
Golden-winged Warbler and Cape May Warbler, 1838
Hand-colored engraving with etching and aquatint on J. Whatman wove paper
Plate number CCCCXIV from part no. 83
Pulled from J.J. Audubon’s The Birds of America, Havell’s “double elephant” folio
Published by the author with Robert Havell Sr. & Jr., London
Printed by R. Havell
Artists’ names and captions printed to lower margin
J. Whatman paper watermark in lower left edge of paper, trimmed

A hand-colored engraving with aquatint and etching on J. Whatman wove paper, printed in 1838 by Robert Havell (1793 – 1878). After a drawing by John James Audubon, this print is plate number 414 pulled from part number 83 of the original subscriber’s run of the portfolio The Birds of America. It features the Golden-winged warbler (Sylvia chrysoptera) and the Cape May warbler (Sylvia maritima). This original run is often referred to as the “Havell Edition” or “Double Elephant Folio”. The titles and print credits are printed to the lower margin of the plate. A J. Whatman watermark is present to the lower left of the sheet. The work is presented behind glass in a painted wood frame.

Terms & Conditions


- warping to paper; toning and discoloration to page includes foxing throughout and water damage along right side and to lower right corner; paper has been trimmed down from original folio size for framing, with watermark in paper margin partially cut away; scratches and wear to frame; print was removed from frame for examination and re-framed.


20.0" W x 27.75" H x 1.0" D

- measures frame; visible sheet measures 18.25" W x 26" H; plate marks measure 12.25" W x 19.25" H.

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