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Object Name Lithograph
Title White-bellied Swallow and American Swift
Catalog Number 1938.19.47
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-27 W-40 inches
Description This is a chromolithographic print on paper depicts two images based on the life studies of J. J. Audubon for the Bien edition of "Birds of America." The Left image depicts the "White Bellied Swallow" and the right image depicts the "American Swift."

In the Left image on sees a blue and black winged bird with a yellow beak flying south and another small bird with a white belly flying north. Both appear to be circling around each other. Just to the right is a small white feather floating at their side. Above the image reads "No. 7-5" and to the right reads "PLATE 46." Below the image to the left reads, "Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L. S." Centered below the image the legend reads, "White Bellied Swallow/ HIRUNDO BICOLOR, Vieill,/ Male. 1., Female. 2."

The Right image depicts a scene of two birds soaring above two examples of their nest. Both birds have feathers that are shades of golden brown and black. The nest to the left appears to be an overhead view with little twigs wrapping into golden leaves. The other nest depiction appears to be a side view with a wrapping of twigs against a brown, possibly wooden surface. Just above the image in the top left corner reads, "No. 7-5." and the top right corner reads "PLATE 44." Just below the image on the right corner reads "Chromolithy. by J. Bien, New York 1860." Centered below the image, a legend reads, "American Swift/ CYPSELUS PELASGIUS, Temm./ Male, 1. Female, 2./Nests."There are two signatures in faded brown ink on the backside of the paper, "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
Birds' eggs & nests
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS