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Object Name Lithograph
Title Purple Grakle or Common Crow Blackbird
Catalog Number 1938.19.4
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1858
Material(s) Paper
Dimensions H-39.938 W-27 inches
Description This Lithograph is from the Bien Edition of Audubon's Birds of America. No. 1-4, Plate 221. It depicts two Purple Grackles or Common Crow Blackbirds perched on a stalk of Maize or Indian Corn. The male blackbird is at the bottom of the image and the female is above with one foot perched up on the stalk beside her with pieces of kernels in her beak. The legend at the bottom reads: "Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon, F.R.S., F.L.S. / Chromolithy. by J. Bien, New York 1858 / Purple Grakle or Common Crow Blackbird. Quiscalus Versicolor. Vieill. Male. 1. Female 2. Maize or Indian Corn Lea Mays." On the back are two signatures in ink: Bart A. Brown and Nina M. Visscher.
Notes Audubon was born in 1785 and died in 1851. Bien was born in 1826 and died in 1909. Conserved in March of 1975 by Mary Todd Glaser in Englewood, NJ.
Collection Anne Thomas Estate Collection
People Bien, Julius
Audubon, John James
Subjects Art
Art reproductions
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS