Princeton Audubon Bonaparte Flycatcher
John James Audubon’s Birds of America
Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition of 1500.
26 1/4 x 39 1/4; Condition: Mint
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“Of all the full-size facsimiles of Audubon's prints, those from Princeton Audubon Ltd. come the closest in appearance and quality to the originals. Combining this with their very reasonable cost makes Princeton Audubon facsimiles winners for those looking to acquire some of the most dramatic American natural history images ever produced." - Chris Lane, Philadelphia Print Shop West, appraiser on Antiques Roadshow.
Of our prints, William Steiner, author of Audubon Prints: A Collector’s Guide To Every Edition wrote, “True prints, true colors, incredible detail. Princetons are simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever made!”
We purchased the actual antique originals in order to accurately produce this award-winning edition, giving you a connection to Audubon’s original work. Read more ...
In order to create this spectacular print, we needed to purchase the actual original. Measuring more than two feet by three feet, the birds are the same size as in life.
Princetons began with the purchase of the actual originals which were physically used in the production process. A giant camera with film the same size as the print took a direct-capture picture of the original, and this exact image was transferred directly to the metal printing plates. There are no other Audubon facsimiles which match the quality of Princeton prints.
Our prints have this embossed seal at the lower right of the paper ...
... and are pencil-numbered in the lower left under the printed script.
Here are the printing specifications ...
Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition •Double elephant (life size - 26 1/4 x 39 1/4) •Limited edition of 1500. •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 which Audubon belonged as a Fellow.
About the image itself ...
While Audubon and Joseph Mason were wandering through a Louisiana cypress swamp on August 13, 1821, Audubon shot and wounded what he believed to be a bird of an unknown species. He first gave it the name "Cypress Swamp Fly Catcher," but later renamed it "Bonaparte's Fly-catcher" in honor of Napoleon's nephew Charles Lucien Bonaparte, a naturalist whom Audubon met in Philadelphia in 1824. Actually, the bird is a young female Canada warbler.
Audubon's young assistant, Joseph Mason, drew the leaves and ripe seed pod of the southern magnolia.
Aptly named, the Canada warbler haunts the undergrowth, shady thickets, and dense woodlands of the north. It is a summer resident in similar terrain in much of New England, New York State, and down the Alleghenies. It is readily identified by its necklace of black pendants on a yellow breast. While it gleans among the leaves in the manner of a warbler, it takes much of its food on the wing like a flycatcher.