Virginia Partridge, Perdix Virginiana. Lath., Male Adult, 1. Young, 2. Female Adult, 3. Young, 4. Very Young Birds, 5.

Virginia Partridge, Perdix Virginiana. Lath., Male Adult, 1. Young, 2. Female Adult, 3. Young, 4. Very Young Birds, 5.

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Description
Copper plate engraved in 1830 by Robert Havell Jr. 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.
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 U.S. 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 over new audiences for the subject of nature study.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Plate
plate, printing
Object Type
Aquatint
printing plates
Engraving
Other Terms
Plate; Engraving
Date made
1830
graphic artist
Havell, Jr., Robert
original artist
Audubon, John James
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
metal, steel-faced (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 25 1/2 in x 38 3/4 in; 64.77 cm x 98.425 cm
ID Number
GA.16985
catalog number
16985
accession number
15996
Credit Line
William E. Dodge, Jr.
subject
Printmaking
Birds
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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