Plate: 61 Great Horned OwlJohn James Audubon painted the male on the right in Henderson Kentucky in 1814. The female was painted separately in 1821 and collaged onto the original painting. The bird on the right appears to have orange colored eyes while the bird on the left has yellow colored eyes. When compared to the Havell engraving, both birds are yellow eyed. Having been painted seven years apart, the pigments of the orange eyed bird probably contain a metallic substance that has oxidized and changed color with age.
35 1/8 x 24 7/8 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.