34 Black Bellied Darter or Snake BirdOriginally painted by John James Audubon in New Orleans in 1822, this painting was not included in the "Birds of America" Having spent years in the field observing behavioral characteristics of the various bird species, Audubon often depicted the birds engaged in an activity unique to that species. The version that was published as an engraving depicted the species with their wings extended to dry. This activity must occur before the birds can again take flight after diving for food.
28 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches
The Oppenheimer-New York Historical Society Edition recreates the preparatory watercolor models John James Audubon (1785-1851) made prior to the publication of the double elephant folio edition of The Birds of America (1827-38) engraved by Robert Havell Jr. (1793-1878).
The New-York Historical Society and Oppenheimer Editions have an exclusive agreement to publish numbered actual-size facsimiles of all 474 of John James Audubon’s avian watercolors in the museum’s collection. The edition is limited to 200 prints of each image. With watercolor inks on watercolor paper, these prints directly capture the artist's hand and fundamental vision, unlike any publication before.