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Object Name Lithograph
Title Great-Footed Hawk
Catalog Number 1938.19.79
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-27 W-40 inches
Description This is a chromolithographic print of "Great Footed Hawk (Peregrine)" first drawn by J. J. Audubon for the Bien Edition of "Birds of America." The image depicts two hawks eating their fill of two freshly slain waterfowl on a rocky shoreline. The hawk on the left has its wings outstretched, showing feathers of black and white stripes and a brownish and white underside. Its face is directed at the viewer with squawking aggression. The duck below its feet has a bright red head and green feather plumage. The bird to the right has a small bit of flesh dangling from its beak. It is standing over a black and white striped duck with a torn out chest cavity, allowing for a display of its read innards. There is an assortment of its feathers pulled out just in front of it. Just in the middle ground behind the hawks is what appears to be a greyish waterway and a mountainous region in the background. There is a blue wash of a sky also behind the scene. The top left corner reads, "No. 12-2" while the top right reads "PLATE 20." The lower left corner reads, "Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L. S." and the lower right corner reads, "Chromolithy. by J. Bien, New York 1860." The legend centered bellow the image reads, "Great-Footed Hawk FALCO PEREBRINUS. Gmel, Male, 1. Female, 2. Green winged Teal and Gadwal." Signed in faded brown ink on the reverse are two signatures, "Bart A. Brown" and "Nina A. 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
Birds of prey
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS