Pine Warbler, Dendroica pinus
Flora: spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis
Print size: 26 1/4" x 39 1/4"; image size: 11 1/2" x 18 1/2"
Princeton Audubon Limited Edition - produced 1985
With a name difficult to enunciate and impossible to locate in a bird guide, Vigors's warbler is in truth an immature pine warbler. Considering that the bird has also been known as a pine-creeping warbler or a pine creeper because of its preference for evergreen habitat, this portrait seems executed on an unlikely perch-a spiderwort plant. But that is exactly where Audubon saw it one day in May 1812 during a visit to Mill Grove, the farm he once owned on Perkiomen Creek, near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Later, thinking it to be an undiscovered species, he named it "Vigors's Warbler" in honor or the English naturalist Nicholas A. Vigors, whom he met in London in 1828.
The bird is done in pastel, the spiderwort in water color.
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.