Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock reveals why history has acclaimed Audubon an American icon and deemed the New-York Historical Society’s watercolors a national treasure. Considered America’s first great watercolorist, the legendary naturalist-artist rendered his birds in an unparalleled life-size scale. His years drawing portraits to support his family, coupled with his passion for drawing birds, enabled him to capture the individuality of each species in inventive tableaux.
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This spring, the New-York Historical Society celebrates the sesquicentennial of its purchase of the 470 avian watercolors by Audubon, including the 435 models for The Birds of America, from Lucy Bakewell Audubon in 1863.
Smew (Mergellus albellus), Havell plate no. 347, ca. 1834–35
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, oil, and black ink with scratching out and touches of glazing
on paper, laid on card
Purchased for New-York Historical by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon,