Feles Concolor, Linn

Description (Brief)
This hand-colored lithograph was produced for “Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America,” the Imperial folio edition, published between 1845 and 1848. The work was a field study of North American mammals. It included 150 stone lithographs produced in three volumes of 50 prints per volume. The lithographs were based on watercolor drawings by John James Audubon and after 1846, son John Woodhouse Audubon, who completed the series due to the elder Audubon’s failing eyesight and declining health. Another son, Victor Gifford Audubon, assisted with the drawings backgrounds. The lithographs were printed on non-watermarked heavy white paper and coloring was applied by hand before the prints were bound. Reverend John Bachman was a naturalist of note, as well as John James Audubon’s friend and father of both daughter-in-laws, so he provided the accompanying letterpress narrative. It made the production truly a family affair. The slightly later Octavo edition contained 155 prints of smaller size.
This unbound lithographic plate depicts a hand-colored image of a brown male cougar standing over his felled prey. Forested mountains in the background.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lithograph
Object Type
Lithograph
date made
1846
artist
Audubon, John Woodhouse
printer
Bowen, John T.
publisher
Audubon, John James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 18 in x 25 1/2 in; 45.72 cm x 64.77 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
DL*60.2736
catalog number
60.2736
accession number
228146
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Peters Prints
Wild Animals
Chronology: 1840-1849
Books
Mammals
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
depicted
Audubon, John James; Bachman, Rev. John; Audubon, John Woodhouse. The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America

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