Geomys Douglassii, Richardson.

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 three brown rats at the entrance of a prairie hole which has a small mound of dirt behind it. There is a body of water and foothills in the far background.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lithograph
Object Type
Lithograph
date made
1846
maker
Audubon, John Woodhouse
printer
Bowen, John T.
publisher
Audubon, John James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 16 1/4 in x 23 1/2 in; 41.275 cm x 59.69 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
DL*60.2750
catalog number
60.2750
accession number
228146
subject
Wild Animals
Chronology: 1840-1849
Books
Mammals
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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