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Audubon Print Collector Resources

Welcome to the John James Audubon Print Gallery and Collectors Resources pages. As private collectors we appreciate the need for unbiased information related to print collecting, and we strive to provide objective information for the amateur Audubon print collector. This site is organized into five major areas. The Gallery displays works by numerous famous bird illustrators and artists. These include Audubon, Catesby, Edwards, Wilson, Thorburn and others. We make a number of our private prints available for purchase at very reasonable prices and these are located in the Featured Prints area; these are all Audubon Amsterdam Double Elephant Folio limited edition facsimiles. We sell these because we think they are the best alternative to the originals. All proceeds go to keeping this site growing with new FREE research. The Research area contains numerous articles and reference materials of interest to the Audubon print collector. Need to know if Princeton Edition contains a Great Horned Owl, or the diffference between Collotype printing and Lithography? Which edition is the best value for your dollar?Which prints are included in the Leipzig Edition? Why are Amsterdams the most sought after facsimile prints? Need advice on framing your prints? Go to our research pages for answers. Our links pages connect you to a number of Audubon resources from professional galleries, conservators, to suppliers of archival mounting and framing materials. We are always looking for ways to improve the experience, so welcome any feedback about the site. You can submit comments directly to terry@jjaudubongallery.com.

Click here to visit our new website in honor of the fabulous bird art of Charley Harper. We think you will like it!

The Story of John James Audubon

Pioneer, Artist, Naturalist, and Businessman are titles to which John James Audubon is aptly entitled. His life included great struggle, tragedy and sacrifice before the dawn of success with his Birds of America. Early business efforts as a merchant and land speculator failed, leaving him destitue and in conflict. One encounter with a dishonest debtor of Audubons led to a violent confrontation and stabbing; in extremis, Audubon defended himself and stabbed the man in self defense. Two Audubon children died very young. He spent many months aways from his family, whom he truly adored. These trials in his life provided the impetus for Audubon to pursue a heretofore hobby as an avocation. Supporting himself and family through portraiture, he spent extended periods traveling the frontier of our young country collecting specimens and drawing them. He was preoccupied with competition, Alexander Wilson having already published his American birds compendium. Audubon's work eventually overshadowed Wilson's with the inclusion of new species, and through the novel use of life-like postures in natural settings, painted at life-size on large 'double-elephant' folio paper.

Being a young country with limited infrastructure, America provided no viable printing options for Audubon. He went to Scotland to have his Birds of America published. A strike at the engravers forced him to find a second engraver, Robert Havell & son (London), who would finish the work after 11 years labor. Birds of America, containing 435 images on double elephant paper, was sold in subscription. With the success of Birds of America, Audubon set out to publish a second (more affordable) version of his work, aimed at a larger public audience. The Royal Octavo version of Birds of America contained 500 birds, in seven volumes, including new species from the western frontier. Seven editions of this work would ultimately be published.
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Our Audubon Gallery - Our print gallery represents a portion of our own personal collection of authentic Amsterdam Limited Edition prints. Only 250 copies were made of this first facsimile of the entire Birds of America. These prints are outstanding copies of the original, printed on hand-made acid-free paper in the original double elephant size. They are exact copies of the original Havell prints and continue to grow in value for the collector. Also visit our new M. Bernard Loates Gallery of Audubon images.



John James Audubon The man, the myth, the legend. Read about his fascinating life in one of many biographies or his journals. Find one of the many works about the Birds of America. Locate rare Audubon books, such as his Ornithological Biography. And, read what Audubon experienced and observed during his travels across our emerging nation in Audubon's Tales.
Audubon Links Find Links at this location for anything related to Audubon print collecting. Museums featuring Audubon Art, Commercial Galleries selling original and facsimile art works, Print Conservation Resources, Online archival supplies, Professional birding pages, Ornithological art and collecting societies are all linked here. Research Pages Numerous references, articles and other materials are to be found on our research pages. The focus is on the free distribution of information useful to Audubon collectors. Informative and descriptive articles explain everything from how to mat and frame works, how to determine the quality of a print, how to verify authenticity to suggesting strategies for building a meaningful collection of Audubon prints.Featured Prints Our Featured Prints Area is where you can actually purchase high quality Limited Edition prints from the Amsterdam edition. These are the same exact prints photographed for our gallery. All prints in our shop come from reputable galleries and are sold at substantial discount to normal retail prices. Every print is guaranteed to be authentic and comes with a seven day return priviledge. Purchases from our shop help fund research which we make available without cost to other collectors, as well as subsidizes the cost of maintaining this website.

Alexander Wilson

Following Catesby but predating Audubon, Alexander Wilson pursued a quest to document the birds of America. His landmark work, American Ornithology, was the result of many endured hardships traveling the frontier of the new country. Certainly, also, Wilson's work spurred and inspired Audubon to action in a dramatic rivalry between the formally sponsored naturalist backed by formal institutions (Wilson) and Audubon, the self-taught naturalist, to wit, an outsider. Wilson's work, American Ornithology was produced in many editions over the years. We have made arrangements to display and make available to our readers the 1829 Philadelphia edition, in its entirety, in our Alexander Wilson Gallery (click here to go there, now).

George Edwards (1694-1773)

George Edwards was a marvelous naturalist, artist, engraver and colorist of the 18th century. Edwards was a great friend and colleague of Mark Catesby. In fact, he revised and published the 2nd edition of Catesby's famous Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, 1754. Edwards own works A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, and of Some Other Rare and Undescribed Animals, Quadrupeds, Reptiles, Fishes, Insects, Etc., published in London, 1743-51 and Gleanings of Natural History, Exhibiting Figures of Quadrupeds, Birds, Insects, Plants, Etc., Most of Which Have Not, till Now, Been Either Figured or Described, etc. , published London, 1758-64 are classics in natural history. We are fortunate enough to have several samples from these works available for viewing. They feature rare and unusual birds from around the globe.

Mark Catesby
Before Audubon, and before Wilson, there was Mark Catesby, America's first pioneering naturalist. Overshadowed by the tremendous later success of Audubon, Catesby's self-published work Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands is often overlooked for the national treasure it represents. Predating Audubon's efforts by a century, Catesby set about to record and publish marine and terrestrial animals (including over 100 bird species), and numerous botanical species. His story is remarkable and his work is stunning. Mark Catesby produced the first color plate book of North American flora and fauna, setting the stage for followers Wilson and Audubon. Mark Catesby Biography and Works (click here).

Click HERE to go to the online site featuring Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands

The Catesby Gallery
is the newest addition to our site. Browse the Birds, Mammals, Reptiles or Marine creatures recorded in Catesbys Natural history of Carolina, Florida & the Bahama Islands, Volume #1 (Birds), Volume #2 & Appendix (Mammals, Reptiles, Fish & Botanicals) first published in 1732-47. Click Here to Go to the CATESBY GALLERIES!

John Gould
One of the most prolific bird illustrators, John Gould, and his wife Elizabeth, drew and lithographed thousands of birds from around the world. While other bird illustrators gained fame through a folio of birds from one geographical region, the Goulds covered the globe. Indeed their publications covered 6 of the 7 continents, only excepting Antarctica. To say John Gould was prolific is a tremendous understatement. His work spans more than 10 major publications, 40 volumes, and 3000 lithographic plates.

Gould employed master artists, such as Edward Lear, H.C. Richter, Wm. Hart and Joseph Wolf, to draw and transfer to stone lithographs the birds in his publications. His wife Elizabeth transferred many of his drawings to lithographic stones.


Here is a list of his major works:

The Birds of Europe
The Birds of Great Britain
The Birds of Australia
The Birds of New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan Islands
A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains
A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America;
A Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans
A Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons
The Birds of Asia
A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming-birds

Archibald Thorburn
Visit our latest addition, works by renowned bird artist Archibald Thorburn, printed 1886-1889.
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Henrik Gronvold
Birds of South America

Henrik Gronvold, (1858-194) was a Danish naturalist and artist. In his early years he studied drawing in Copenhagen, Denmark. By the end of the 19th century, Gronvold’s work was well represented in the scientific literature. Gronvold completed 38 plates to illustrate The Birds of South America, which was published in a limited edition of only 200 copies. These hand colored plates are on display in our gallery. Click on the Giant Snipe, above, to see all 38 plates from this fine work.

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