Magnolia Warbler, Dendroica magnolia
Flora: purple-flowering raspberry, Rubus odoratus
Print size: 26 1/4" x 39 1/4"; image size: 11 1/2" x 18 1/2"
Princeton Audubon Limited Edition - produced 1985
According to Roger Tory Peterson, "Audubon drew this immature magnolia warbler in Louisiana on October 20, 1821, when it was in its autumnal migration." The original for the plate was a painting made in 1829 and inscribed "Great Pine Swamp, Aug-12th." "Black and Yellow Warbler," the name formerly applied to the magnolia warbler, was most descriptive of its color, but had the disadvantage of being equally descriptive of several other warblers. Thus the change to magnolia warbler. In its movements it has a trick of partly spreading its tail, thereby showing the characteristic white band crossing midway.
Princeton Audubon prints are direct-camera facsimile lithographs of the Robert Havell Jr. (1793-1878) engravings for The Birds of America (1827-38). Princeton's Double elephant Folio prints are issued in limited editions of 500 or 1500 prints. All are numbered and have a seal in the bottom margin to demonstrate their authenticity.
Printed on heavy Mohawk paper that is recommended by the Library of Congress for archives, the paper is specially toned to match the average paper color of the antique originals.