NEW YORK, NY.- This spring, the New-York Historical Society will launch the first exhibition in a sweeping three-part series that celebrate the sesquicentennial of the acquisition of its unparalleled collection of John James audubon’s preparatory watercolors for the sumptuous double-elephant-folio print edition of The Birds of America (1827–38), engraved by Robert Havell Jr. Over three years, audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock (Parts I–III) will feature all of its 474 original avian watercolors by audubon, including all 435 watercolor models for The Birds of America, all but one acquired by New-York Historical in 1863 from the artist’s widow Lucy Bakewell audubon. Engaging, state-of-the-art media installations will provide a deeper understanding of the connections between art and nature and audubon’s contributions to American art and history.
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