Audubon Day at the Hamersly Library
Thursday, May 22, 2003, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.,
Hamersly Library exhibited Audubon items from the University Archives.
John James Audubon, (1785–1851) was an American painter-naturalist. Born at Haiti, brought up in France, he received instruction in drawing from J.L. David. He moved to the USA in 1803 to avoid conscription in Napoleon’s army and lived as a naturalist, hunter, and taxidermist, also earning some money as a portraitist and drawing master. His combined interests in art and ornithology grew into a plan to make a complete pictorial record of all the bird species of North America. Unable to find a publisher in America, Audubon spent three years in England (1826–9) and found an engraver and publisher in the London firm of Robert Havell and Son. The Birds of America, from Original Drawings, with 435 Plates Showing 1,065 Figures appeared in four volumes of hand-tinted aquatints (1827–38) and now ranks among the most famous and prized books of the world. It was followed by The Viviparous Quadrupeds of America (1845–8), which was completed by his son John Woodhouse Audubon (1812–62) after the master’s sight failed in 1846.
Source: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists. Ed. Ian Chilvers. Oxford University Press, 1996. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. <http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t3.000143>
This exhibit included the 47 framed prints of birds and quadrupeds from the folio editions in the Archives Gallery, HL 301; and The Quadrupeds of North America, volumes I, II, and III, 1854 edition were available for viewing in HL 301A.
LOCATION: 3rd floor Archive Gallery and Archive Reading Room
Curator: Jerrie Lee Parpart