Audubon Aquatints


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John James Audubon (1785-1851)
Selections from Birds of America
Aquatint engravings with original hand coloring
Engraved by Robert Havell (1793-1878)
Published: London, 1827-1838

 

This selection of Audubon's aquatints from The Birds of America is a collection of absolute masterpieces; the finest to come on the market in over 50 years. They are in exceptional condition and exactly as John James Audubon intended for his original audience over 180 years ago.

 

This profound body of work was recently purchased directly from the descendants of John Vickers Painter, a world famous stamp collector and banker from Cleveland circa 1880.  His eye for the pinnacle of quality is clearly evident in this collection. All images have full margins (38 3/8 inches by 25 inches) and color as bright as the day it was applied. They are all from the first edition “double elephant folio” printed by Robert Havell Jr in London from 1827-1838.  Further they are printed on the exceedingly fine and rare Whatman "Turkey Mill" paper that was reserved for special commissions.

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