New York: Audubon watercolors on exhibit

 

The New-York Historical Society is exhibiting its entire collection of 474 bird watercolors by John James Audubon for the first time. They’re being shown chronologically in three exhibitions over three years. The collection includes 435 watercolors engraved for Audubon’s monumental The Birds of America. The intricately detailed, life-size renderings are the naturalist’s greatest work. An original edition of Audubon’s book, known as the double elephant folio, is also being shown. The 3 1/2-foot-tall volume features all the avian species known to Audubon in early 19th century North America.

Details: www.nyhistory.org or 212-873-3400.

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