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Audubon fine art prints. Birds of America and Quadrupeds. Enter coupon code Princeton for a discount.

Princeton Audubon Prints

Thank you for visiting our official website. We offer our clients John James Audubon Original Birds of America prints, Audubon facsimile fine art prints, and Audubon fine art reproduction prints. Primary among these is The Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition. You will find these in Gallery 1 by selecting from the listing at top left.

Far beyond reproductions, Princetons are the world’s only direct camera lithographs. “True prints, true colors, incredible detail. They are simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever produced!” - William Steiner, Audubon collector and author of Audubon Prints: A Collector’s Guide To Every Edition. Chris Lane, owner of The Philadelphia Print Shop West and frequent art appriaser on The Antiques Roadshow states that of all the reproductions, "Princetons come the closest in quality and appearance to the originals." This is due to the direct camera process, where the infinite retention capability of film allows for a one-to-one transfer of detail to our printing plates.

Princetons were directly produced from the original Audubon/Havell antique engravings. Instead of working from a photograph and reducing and enlarging the film or working from a scan, we purchased actual originals (from Sotheby's or other auction houses) and brought them into our own printing plant. These originals themselves were then carefully mounted before a giant wall-mounted bellows process camera, with film the same size as the print. Thus the exact image was captured on the film. The large image could then be transferred to mechanical printing plates, without any reductions or enlargements. This process is risky, lengthy, and costly, yet the results are stunning. Direct-camera prints capture the striking original detail in Audubon's originals.

Our Audubon prints are sold unframed. Your satisfaction is absolutely guaranteed, and we have a fourteen day complete refund return policy for any reason. (We cannot refund shipping charges)

Feather your nest with our current promotion: Purchase one print from Gallery 1 and choose a second of equal or lesser cost from Gallery 1 at no extra charge. Simply enter your extra choice in the “Instructions to seller” box at checkout. You may also order and obtain discount by phone - 908.510.1621.

The production of Princeton direct-camera prints required the purchase of actual originals. Princetons were produced by the late David Johnson, a collector of superb Audubon originals who also founded the days paramount printing company in the country - Princeton Polychrome Press. This company, now sold, achieved an enviable nationwide reputation by reproducing fine art prints for the National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Detroit Institute of Arts. The finest reproductions of Picasso and Andrew Wythe that you occasionally see on the market today were produced by Princeton. At the zenith of his career and using exceptional artistic resources, David Johnson re-created the actual originals from his world renowned personal collection. Using the direct-camera technique that he pioneered, along with oversized Kodak film with its infinite retention of detail, he produced these award winning one-of-a-kind re-creations.

Audubon's Birds of America Prints

As seen in The Royal Society of London

Featuring The Princeton Edition

The world's only direct camera Audubon lithographs.

Is Audubon just birds?

The Imperial Quadrupeds

‘Even the name is strange’

Interesting quote from Audubon's youth ... "Today I saw the swiftest skater I ever beheld; backwards and forwards he went like the wind, even leaping over large air holes fifteen or more feet across, and continuing to skate without an instant’s delay. I was told he was a young Frenchman, and this evening I met him at a ball, where I found his dancing exceeded his skating; all the ladies wished him as partner; moreover a handsomer man I never saw, his eyes alone command attention; even his name, Audubon, is strange to me.” — David Pawling, Mill Grove, PA; January, 1805, on 19-year-old John J. Audubon.

Historical note

The original Audubon Birds of America folio is known in the art world as the Double Elephant Folio due to its size. Its unique prints, each of which depicts the birds drawn life-size in their natural environment, were pulled from the largest engraving plates available at the time, approximately 27 x 39 inches. Interestingly, every bird in the foreground of Audubon double elephant originals or facsimiles is the same size as in life. To this Audubon himself adds, "Merely to say, that each of my illustrations is of the size of nature, were too vague ... Not only is every object, as a whole, of the natural size, but also every portion of each object. The compass aided me in its delineation, regulated and corrected each part, ... The bill, the feet, the legs, the claws, the very feathers as they project one beyond another, have been accurately measured." John James Audubon. Ornithological Biography, Volume 1

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The appeal of Audubon’s prints

"...nothing, after all, could ever answer my enthusiastic desires to represent nature, except to copy her in her own way, alive and moving! Having studied drawing for a short while in my youth under good masters, I felt a great desire to make choice of a style more particularly adapted to the imitation of feathers than the drawings in water colours that I had been in the habit of seeing, and moreover, to complete a collection not only valuable to the scientific class, but pleasing to every person, by adopting a different course of representation from the mere profile-like cut figures, given usually in works of that kind." - John James Audubon