Plate: 186 Pinnated GrouseOriginally painted by John James Audubon in 1824. In this painting Audubon authored all three elements, the bird, the botanical and the background. The skill with which the lillies are executed evidences the fact that Audubon utilized the collaborative efforts of other artists as a practical measure and not because he lacked artistic ability for subjects other than birds.
25 x 35 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.