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Birds of America, "Snowy Owl"

File name: 09_03_000051


Title: Birds of America, "Snowy Owl"


Creator/Contributor: John James Audubon (1785-1851), artist


Created/Published: Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell


Date created: 1829


Physical description: hand-colored aquatint


Summary: A self-published masterpiece of American naturalist art, John James Audubon’s Birds of America ranks among the greatest and most valuable printed books ever produced. Audubon drew from life whenever possible, and he spent much of his career traveling the continent observing birds in their natural habitats. This striking print, “Snowy Owl," is Plate 121 from Volume 1 of the massive “double elephant folio” edition of Birds of America, printed in London between 1827 and 1839.


The complete monumental work consists of 435 hand-colored prints, with each page measuring more than 2 feet by 3 feet. Audubon gave these beautiful owls one of the few nocturnal settings found in Birds of America.


Location: Boston Public Library, Rare Books & Manuscripts Department


Rights: No known restrictions.


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Taken on October 23, 2009