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Object Name Lithograph
Title Wood or Summer Duck
Catalog Number 1938.19.29
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper
Dimensions H-40.5 W-27.125 inches
Description This chromolithograph on paper is from the Bien Edition of Audubon's Birds of America. No. 1-5, Plate 319. It depicts four Summer or Wood Ducks, one male flying, another male seated on an above branch, one yellow breasted female on the right side and a female resting in the mud bank nest at the bottom right. 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 1860 / Summer or Wood Duck / Anas Sponsa, L. / 1.2. Males 3.4. Females. / Platanus occidentalis - Button Wood Tree." 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. The Summer or Wood Duck is common in the lowlands of Western Kentucky during the Summer. Can be found in Stream Valleys east, and rarely to the edge of the Cumberland Plateau.
Collection The Anne Thomas Estate Collection
People Audubon, John James
Bien, Julius
Subjects Ducks
Nature
Art
Art reproductions
Paper
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS