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|Rare Birds of America collection by John James Audubon on exhibit in Davenport, Iowa|
|News Releases - Art, Galleries & Museums|
|Written by Angela Hunt|
|Wednesday, 23 January 2008 03:47|
MOLINE, Ill. (January 16, 2008) The “Birds of America” Bien edition (1860) by John James Audubon which belonged to John Deere’s son, Charles Deere was recently conserved and re-framed. 48 of the 98 prints in this collection will be on major exhibit at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa from February 2 to May 11, 2008. It is believed that less than fifty copies of this edition exist today. This is a rare opportunity to see a large number of these popular elephant folio (approximately 3’ x 2’ in size) prints. Sneak peak at exhibit on the web Visit the interactive “Birds of America: John James Audubon” exhibit website at www.butterworthcenter.com/birds, where you can view a photo gallery, events, watch bird call videos, and listen to a podcast about the local story behind the collection.
Although the exact number of Bien Edition folios made is unknown, it is the scarcest of all Audubon original editions. The Bien Edition is the one of the first great examples of the chromolithography printing process in America and remains among the finest examples of this medium ever produced.
When was the collection acquired by Charles Deere?
John James Audubon: The naturalist and artist
This original edition, based on Audubon’s vivid life-size watercolors was engraved in aquatint by Robert Havell, Jr. The Birds of America was issued in 87 parts of 5 plates each and when completed in June 1838 contained 435 hand-colored engravings of 1,065 birds of 489 species.
Seven years after their fathers' death, Audubon's sons began an American edition of Birds of America with Julius Bien, a New York printer who was pioneering the field of chromolithography. Bien transferred the images from Havell's copper plates onto lithographic stones.
Events and Programs
Sunday, February 3; 1:30 pm
Brent Langley, member of the Left Bank Art League and the Quad City Audubon Society, will discuss works in the exhibition from his perspective as a wildlife artist.
Family Program “Birds of the Mississippi River”
Art and Books: John James Audubon: The Making of an American by Richard Rhodes
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