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Princeton Audubon American White Pelican

Regular price $1,250.00

White Pelican - Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition •Double elephant (life size - 26 1/4 x 39 1/4) •Limited edition of 500. •Pencil-numbered and embossed with the Princeton Audubon Limited seal. •Up to 11 color plates used. •Specially developed fade-proof inks. Absolute color fidelity to the actual original. •Printed on a 300 line. •Very heavy archival paper which is recommended by the Library of Congress for archives and is specially toned to match the actual color of the antique originals. •Registered to purchaser. •As permanently displayed at The Royal Society of London, to whSpecial award: In Audubon's day, Philadelphia was the center of publishing in the young United States.  Today it is the headquarters of Neographics, a professional Graphic Arts Association of printers and lithographers from the surrounding 62 county area.  In 1987, the print you are looking at won their "Nth" award, or Best in Show.  Some say it may be the finest Audubon re-creation ever produced.
Based on a composition painted perhaps in Florida in 1831 or 1832.  Landscape artist, George Lehman, worked on the background.
The white pelican, with a wingspread of nine feet, does not plunge for food like the brown pelican, but fishes as it swims along, using the large bag that hangs from he lower part of its bill as a dip-net.  It often gathers in groups for cooperative fishing.   It nests for the most part far inland in the western half of the continent.
Audubon wrote:  "Ranged along the margins of the sand-bar, in broken array, stand a hundred heavy-bodied Pelicans...Pluming themselves, the gorged Pelicans patiently wait the return of hunger.  Should one chance to gape, all, as if by sympathy, in succession open their long and broad mandibles, yawning lazily and ludicrously...But mark, the red beams of the setting sun tinge the tall tops of the forest trees; the birds experience the cravings of hunger...they rise on their columnar legs, and heavily waddle to the water...And now the Pelicans...drive the little fishes toward the shallow shore, and then, with their enormous pouches spread like so many bag-nets, scoop them out and devour them in thousands."
ich Audubon belonged as a Fellow. Absolutely the finest print of this pelican ever produced from John James Audubon's originals.