The Mink - Audubon Quadruped Test Sheet - Lord-Hopkins Collection
Uncolored test sheet. Found in 1923 by Mary A. Guerrero Lord who was visiting her mother Henrietta Potter James, who owned a house on the corner of South 9th Street and what is now known as Bonaparte Ct. in Philadelphia. The same home was rented by a relative of Napoleon Bonaparte, a friend of Audubon. This test sheet was bundled and abandoned in a back alley near the second studio that Bowen used in the 1800’s when producing Audubon’s birds and quadrupeds. Some of these prints have penciled in instructions from Victor Audubon. One has his signature. Others have Pattern written across the top. Many have worn corners, as one would expect from a print that was a touchstone for printers and colorists. We will provide a Certificate of Authenticity noting that this print is part of the Lord-Hopkins Collection - the last known prints to come from Bowen’s studio.