Our beautiful new miniature framed fine art print of John James Audubon’s Wild Turkey is an octavo-sized facsimile of New-York Historical Society’s preparatory watercolor for The Birds of America (1827-1851). This exclusive, limited-edition museum-authorized reproduction, published by Oppenheimer Editions, is a miniature of Audubon's original work. Each remarkably accurate print is offered with museum-quality archival framing and U-V protective glazing and measures 12 x 15 inches framed. Every print is hand numbered, embossed and stamped with the signature of the President of the New-York Historical Society on the verso.
Plate: 1 This Wild Turkey was originally painted by John James Audubon at Beechwoods Plantation, Feliciana Parish, Louisiana 1825. When compared to the Havell engraving the painted bird measures a full 40 inches from head to talon. The same measurement of the engraved version measures only 36 inches. This may dispell the commonly stated belief that every bird depicted in the Havell edition is actual size.
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).