John J. Audubon, Pl. 23 Black Rat, hand-colored lithograph, Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, Bowen edition, 1845–48
Enjoy special pricing on Plate 23 Black Rat, Mus rattus et var.—Linn. a hand-colored lithograph after John Woodhouse Audubon from the Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1845–48). In this genre scene, Audubon depicts a variety of rats. old and young raiding the farmer's hen house. John Bachman's accompanying elaborates on the scene Audubon depicted. "We have occasionally observed barns and hen-houses that were infested by the Black Rat, in which the eggs of young chickens remained unmolested for months together; when, however, the Rats once had a taste of these delicacies, they became destructive as usual, and nothing could save the eggs or young fowls but making the buildings rat-proof, or killing the plunderers"
—The Quadrupeds of North America, by Audubon and Bachman, Volume 1, pg. 191
Produced from 1845 to 1848 by the distinguished Philadelphia print maker, John T. Bowen, the set of 150 black-and-white lithographs was completely hand colored. Lithography proved an excellent medium for depicting the tactile realism of the mammals’ fur. These prints were published in imperial folio size, measuring 22 by 28 inches. Acclaimed as the definitive nineteenth-century work in the field of American mammalogy, many of the mammals were drawn by John Woodhouse Audubon with backgrounds contributed by Victor Gifford Audubon.
In perfect condition with beautiful original color. Imperial folio size, 22 x 28 inches.
$2,550 this week only (list price $3,300). Offer expires 7-17-17.
John James Audubon’s last major accomplishment was the creation of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America which was produced in collaboration with his friend, the Reverend John Bachman (1790–1874), a Lutheran minister and naturalist, who wrote the accompanying text. In the summer of 1843, Audubon embarked with his son, John Woodhouse, on a final drawing expedition up the Missouri River to document and depict the four-legged mammals of North America.
America’s most revered artist-naturalist, John James Audubon (1785–1851), is renowned for his extraordinary undertaking to record the birds of America. The images he created are icons of 19th-century art. Though fascinated by nature since childhood, studying and drawing from it, it was not until 1819, when Audubon was 34, that he fully embraced the life of an artist-naturalist. Having found his calling, he set out on a mission to create the Birds of America, exploring the American backwoods and wilderness to discover, record, and illustrate its avian life. Unable to find an engraver in the United States who could produce his great work in the size of life, that issue was resolved when he reached the shores of Great Britain. Together with London engraver, Robert Havell, J. J. Audubon and his family created the lavish double-elephant-size folio of The Birds of America, published from 1827–38, thus spectacularly launching his career as an artist-naturalist and publisher of natural history folios depicting North American birds and animals.
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