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A Bit of Art History: Audubon Cache

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Hidden : 1/31/2010
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This cache is dedicated to John James Audubon, and is located in the area of the Prospect Park Audubon Center.

John James Audubon (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851) was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, hunter, and painter. He was born in Saint Domingue (now Haiti). He was raised by his stepmother in Nantes, France, and took an interest in birds, nature, and drawing. In 1803 at the age of 18, he was sent to America. He lived on the family-owned estate at Mill Grove, near Philadelphia, where he hunted, studied, and drew birds. While there, he conducted the first known bird-banding experiment in North America. Tying strings around the legs of Eastern Phoebes he learned that the birds returned to the very same nesting sites each year. In October of 1820, Audubon traveled throughout Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida in search of ornithological specimens. Audubon planned to compile his findings into a future work, and attempted to paint one page of specimens each day.

Most of us know Audubon solely for his ornithological work, but he was also an accomplished artist. He was skilled at sketching and charcoal drawing (making and selling portraits in charcoal to support himself), and taught as a drawing instructor. In 1823, Audubon took lessons in oil painting from John Steen, a teacher of American landscape, and renowned history painter Thomas Cole. He also studied oil painting under Thomas Sully, one of the most famous portrait painters of his time. Though he did not use oils much for his bird work, Audubon earned good money painting oil portraits for patrons along the Mississippi.

After being denied publication in the U.S., Audubon went overseas. The British greatly admired his images of wild America. He toured around England and Scotland, and was praised as "the American woodsman." He raised enough money to begin publishing his Birds of America. This epic work consists of 435 hand-colored, life-size prints of birds made from engraved copper plates of various sizes depending on the size of the image. They were printed on sheets measuring about 39 by 26 inches. The work contains just over 700 North American bird species.



Little Screech Owl

Great Horned Owl

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Great Crested Flycatcher

Harlan's Buzzard

White-bellied Swallow

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