Plate: 6 Wild Turkey, female and youngPainted by John James Audubon in stages beginning in 1820 during a trip up the Mississippi river. Audubon first rendered the hen in pastel. He added the brood of chicks later using watercolors and then finally completed the background of vegetation in oil paints.
25 1/2 x 38 3/4 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.