John James Audubon's paintings exhibit a natural
balance between space and form. His graceful and masterfully designed
compositions are clearly the work of a great artist. Hailed in his
lifetime for his artistic achievement, his status as an artist has
continued to increase, and his work remains unchallenged as the
superlative example of its genre.
The Birds of America Havell Edition
In Edinburgh, the Scottish engraver W. H. Lizars began to produce the very first plates for Birds of America. However, after the completion of only ten plates, Lizars' colorists went on strike, and Audubon was forced to continue his pursuit of an engraver. Audubon's dream finally found fruition with Robert Havell, a renowned London engraver. The portfolio of Birds of America, comprised of 435 hand-colored engravings, took twelve years, from 1826 to 1838, to complete. Havell also retouched Lizars' original efforts, adding aquatint to the engraving, and on those ten plates the Havell name appears alongside that of the Scottish engraver's.
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