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Object Name Lithograph
Title Ferruginous Thrush
Catalog Number 1938.19.72
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-40 W-27 inches
Description This is a chromolithographic print of a Ferruginous Thrush based on drawings by J. J. Audubon for the Bien Edition of "Birds of America." The image depicts four brown thrushes in a chaotic fight between a black snake that had invaded their nest. The nest is full of four specked eggs and is resting on the branches of a Black-Jack Oak with large green leaves. the lowest bird on the image appears to be dead and has the snakes lower body wrapped loosely around its head. the left most bird has his beak pecking into the side of the snake. Another bird on the right is flying to its head with the other bird at the top. The top left corner reads, "No. 11-2." and the top right corner reads, "PLATE 144." The lower left corner reads, "Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L. S." and the lower right corner reads "Chromolighty. by J. Bien, New York 1860." The centered middle legend reads, "Ferruginous Thrush/ TURDUS RUFUS. Linn/ Male, 1. Female, 2./Black-jack Oak, Quercus nigra." There are two signatures in faded brown ink on the back, "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.
Collection The Anne Thomas Estate Collection
People Audubon, John James
Bien, Julius
Subjects Art
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS