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Object Name Lithograph
Title Reddish Egret
Catalog Number 1938.19.30
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-27 W-40 inches
Description This is a chromolithographic print of the Reddish Egret from the Bien Edition of Audubon's Birds of America. The image depicts two egrets standing in a swampy scene. The Egret on the left is a young two year old in his spring plumage of solid white. It has green legs and a yellow beak with a black point. The egret on the right is an adult male in his spring plumage of blue wings and feet and a red and grey head and neck. The adult is standing in the water with his right leg uplifted. The young is standing on the shoreline against large green and leafy plants. Across the shoreline in the distance are tail grasses and beyond that is a thickly clouded sky. Writing above the image, the upper left corner reads, "No. 5-2." and the upper right corner reads "PLATE 371." Below the image in the lower left corner reads, "Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L. S." While in the lower right corner reads, "Chromolithy by J. Bien, New York 1860." The legend centered below the image reads "Reddish Egret/ARDEA RUFESCENS Buff./Adult fall spring plumage, 1. Young two years old in spring plumage, 2." On the back are two signatures signed in faded brown 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. T
Collection The Anne Thomas Estate Collection
People Audubon, John James
Bien, Julius
Subjects Art
Bird watching
Birding (Bird watching)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS