April is for the Birds: From Audubon’s Extraordinary Birds of America to the Indispensable Pocket Field Guides
Grab your binoculars and join us on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. for an hour of virtual birding, as we turn the pages of John James Audubon’s gigantic, hand painted Birds of America (1827-38). Rarely does the public have the opportunity to see this amazing four-volume work and when they do, it is usually only one plate through a sealed case. As we have done for our students, we will page through multiple volumes so you can experience the colossal scale of Audubon’s birds, painted life-size and then transferred to copper plates for the printing and painting of the published ‘double-elephant’ volumes. We will compare Audubon's 'guide' to current pocket guides and birding apps.
Relevant research areas: North America, 19th Century, Book arts, Engraving, Etching[ssba]
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