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Object Name Lithograph
Title Bohemian Chatter/Cedar Bird
Catalog Number 1938.19.19
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-27 W-40 inches
Description This is a chromolithograph of both the Bohemian Chatter and Cedar Bird from the Bien edition of Audubon's Birds of America.

The Left image depicts two Bohemian Chatters standing on the branches of a Canadian Service Tree. The lower right bird is the male who has bright brown, grey, and black plumage. The tailfeathers also have a yellow stripe on the ends. While the bird's face is red with ruff of tan feathers on its head. The upper left bird is female and has no ruff. The plant itself has a cluster of blue green leaves and bright orange berries. Above the image to the upper left reads, "No. 3-5." and the upper right reads, "PLATE 245." Below the image in the lower left corner reads, "Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L. S." The legend centered below the image reads, "Bohemian Chatterer/BOMBYCILLA GARRUCA/ Male 1. Female 2./ Pyras Americanus Canadian Service Tree."

The right image depicts two Cedar Birds sitting on the branch of a Red Cedar. The top bird is the male who has brown, yellow and black plumage with a triangular ruff on its head. while the lower bird is female and appears more orange than yellow with its plumage. The cedar branches has numerous little blue berries throughout that the female appears to be peaking at. Above the image in the upper left corner reads, "No. 3-6" and the upper right corner reads, "PLATE 246." Below the image on the lower right reads "Chromolithy. by J. Bien, New York 1860." The legend centered below the image reads, "Ceder Bird/BOMYCILLA CAROCINESIS, Briss./ Male 2. Female 2./ Red Cedar juniperus virginiana."

There are two signatures signed in faded ink on the reverse, "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 Bien, Julius
Audubon, John James
Subjects Art
Bird watching
Birding (Bird watching)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS