Horned Grebe

Description
Robert Havell Jr. engraved this copper plate in 1835 for John James Audubon's publication, the Birds of America, published in Britain between 1827 and 1838 as a series of large folio engravings. The Museum's Graphic Arts Collection includes seven of the original copper plates and prints from several editions of the work.
The Birds of America was published in several formats. The first large folio edition was intended for wealthy patrons or institutions. Later editions, produced in the United States for a more general audience, included text and smaller, less costly lithographic illustrations.
Audubon introduced new species and new artistic forms. His dramatic images of birds, pictured life-size in animated poses with realistic backgrounds, represented a departure from the conventions of natural history illustration. His artistic ingenuity, as reproduced in engravings and lithographs, won new audiences for the subject of nature study, eventually leading to the organization of Audubon societies.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1835
referenced
Havell, Jr., Robert
Audubon, John James
original artist
Audubon, John James
graphic artist
Havell, Jr., Robert
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 38.3 cm x 53.5 cm; 15 1/16 in x 21 1/16 in
ID Number
GA.00927
accession number
1884.015094
catalog number
00927
accession number
15094
Credit Line
W. E. Dodge, Jr.
subject
Printmaking
Birds
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Natural Resources
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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