Cock of the Plains, Plate CCCLXXI (371), 1827 by John James Audubon

Cock of the Plains, Plate CCCLXXI (371), 1827 (Size : 26 x 38.5 in.)

Cock of the Plains, Plate CCCLXXI (371), 1827 by John James Audubon

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About This Artwork
The Birds of America” is the seminal work of John James Audubon (1785-1851) and has been hailed as both a work of outstanding beauty and ornithological interest. Its preeminence was established by Audubon’s extensive and meticulous study of every bird that he delineated, reproducing its image to life-size and within a natural setting. Audubon’s masterpiece is undoubtedly the greatest work on birds ever produced. Untutored in either ornithological study or painting, John James Audubon was motivated from his boyhood by his love of rendering birds in their natural setting. Born in what is now Haiti and raised in France, Audubon arrived in America in 1803 at the age of eighteen. He soon began traveling widely east of the Mississippi, working at various jobs and all the while pursuing his passionate avocation of sketching and observing the habits of birds. His dream was to compile a volume of colored prints depicting in actual size all of the birds of North America. As his portfolio grew, Audubon traveled to Philadelphia, the publishing capital of the young nation at the time. Unable to find financial support and an engraver equal to his task, Audubon sailed to England in 1826 to realize his dream. The first exhibition of the paintings of Audubon, was met with public and critical acclaim in Liverpool, and Audubon gradually gathered financial support for his project. W. H. Lizars of Edinburgh was contracted as Audubon’s engraver, but after completing only ten of the Birds of America plates, Lizars resigned. Robert Havell and Sons of London took over for Lizars in 1827, and they continued to engrave and hand color Audubon’s Birds of America for the next eleven years. Havell completed the “Birds of America” in the double elephant folio size in 1838. Scholars estimate that only 175 complete folios of all 435 plates were published in all. Audubon’s tireless efforts and remarkable talent culminated in the publication in London of the first edition of his 435-plate book. It to

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Arader Galleries, located in the Historic Jackson Square antiques district of San Francisco, specializes in extraordinary antique engravings, lithographs and paintings. We offer an outstanding selection of natural history, botanical and California landscape paintings. Our inventory also focuses on historically important maps and early views of the American West, Californiana, Hawaiiana and Western Americana. See Detailed Gallery Information.

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