Hooping Crane, Grus Americana (Young)


Robert Havell Jr. engraved this copper plate in 1835 for John James Audubon's publication, 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.

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.

Date Made: 1835

Referenced: Audubon, John JamesHavell, Jr., RobertOriginal Artist: Audubon, John JamesGraphic Artist: Havell, Jr., Robert

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, London

Subject: PrintmakingBirds


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Credit Line: William E. Dodge, Jr.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: GA.16986Accession Number: 15996Catalog Number: 16986

Object Name: plateplate, printingObject Type: Engravingprinting platesAquatint

Physical Description: copper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 99.4 cm x 66.2 cm x 2.4 mm; 39 1/8 in x 26 1/16 in x 3/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a7-16b6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_882231

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