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John James Audubon: The Birds of America

October 14, 1984 – March 10, 1985
West Building, Ground Floor, Central Gallery (3,500 sq. ft.)

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

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.

Attendance: 340,029

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

Audubon, John James
American, 1785 - 1851