John James Audubon

The Birds of America

October 14, 1984 – March 10, 1985

West Building Ground Floor

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: 52 hand-colored engravings, a selection from the Gallery's double-elephant folio, a rare complete unbound set, were presented in period maple frames. Also shown were 2 watercolors from Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and the copper plate for Scarlet Ibis, lent by the National Museum of American History.

Organization: The exhibition was coordinated by Carlotta J. Owens. This was one of a group of small exhibitions of graphics, Nineteenth-Century America on Paper: Four Exhibitions, opening at the same time. Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition and Gordon Anson designed the lighting.

Image: Robert Havell after John James Audubon, Black-throated Guillemot, Nobbed-billed Auk, Curled-Crested Auk and Horned-billed Guillemot, 1838, hand-colored etching and aquatint on Whatman paper, Birds of America, no. 402, Gift of Mrs. Walter B. James, 1945.8.402

Attendance: 340,029

Brochure: John James Audubon: The Birds of America, by Carlotta J. Owens. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1984.

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