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John James Audubon and Robert Havell, Jr.: Artist's Proofs for The Birds of America

Goddu, Joseph

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ISBN 10: 091505776X / ISBN 13: 9780915057764
Published by Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, New York, 2002
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Sage & black & color illus. wraps. 56 pp. 34 color plates. Issued in conjunction with a 2002 exhibition exploring the professional relationship between American naturalist and painter John James Audubon (1785-1851) and the printer/engraver of his four-volume set, "The Birds of America," Robert Havell, Jr. (1793-1878). "Audubon's accomplishment -- a story of triumph over immeasurable obstacles -- has made him one of America's most written-about artists. . However, little has been written about how the prints were made, nor about the nature of the working relationship between the artist and his partners in the project, the distinguished Havell family of painters and engravers. The discovery, a few years ago, of a group of sixty prints approved by Audubon for use as color guides by his printer has provided the opportunity for research that has led to new revelations, and is the impetus for this exhibition and catalogue." (p. 7) Consists of an illustrated essay by Joseph Goddu. With the exhibition catalogue of 60 pieces and a bibliography. Features the stunning images of some of America's most colorful and interesting birds, as you may expect. VG- (Label on front cover, few marks as ex-gallery owned; mild scuffing to cover and edges; page edges are tanning lightly, and text and plates are clear.). Bookseller Inventory # 26718

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Title: John James Audubon and Robert Havell, Jr.: ...

Publisher: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, New York

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Softcover

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John James Audubon's keen observation, passion for the natural world, and remarkable aesthetic sensibility combined to produce one of the world's preeminent natural history documents. Publication of the four-volume "The Birds of America", the grandest and most sumptuous colorplate folio ever produced, was a massive undertaking without precedent. Before now, there has been little research into the nature of the creative process between Audubon, the artist-ornithologist, and his master printer, Robert Havell. Little has been written of the collaborative effort that produced it or even the exact methods used to accomplish the translation of the original watercolors into prints. This catalogue's essay, based on painstaking review of original correspondence between the Audubon family members and Robert Havell, sheds new light on the exact methods employed in the printing of the work, and the critical roles played by the various Audubon and Havell family members. This publication catalogues 60 artist proofs, owned by the Havell family, and reproduces the lionshare of them, all for the first time ever.

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Joseph Goddu is the Director of the Department of American Prints at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York.

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