Audubon Paintings and Prints from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art
September 23 – October 28, 1951
Ground Floor, Central Gallery
This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.
Overview: This special exhibition included 50 plates from the double-elephant folio of The Birds of America given to the Gallery by Mrs. Walter B. James; a portrait of Audubon by his son, John Woodhouse Audubon; 9 other paintings; and a watercolor. The latter works had remained in the Audubon family until 1950, when they were bought from the great-great-grandchildren of the naturalist by E.J.L. Hallstrom of Australia. These 10 pictures were presented at the White House on July 19 to President Harry Truman for the American people. The exhibition was conceived to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of the artist (1785-1851).