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.
Print Measures 39 1/4 x 26 1/4 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.