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Object Name Lithograph
Title Chipping Sparrow/Field Sparrow
Catalog Number 1938.19.98
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-27 W-39.5 inches
Description This is a chromolithographic print of both the Chipping Sparrow and Field Sparrow from the Bien Edition of Audubon's Birds of America.

The image on the left depicts the Chipping Sparrow resting on a branch of a Black Locust tree. The bird itself has a blue body with brown and black tail-feathers and wings and a white stripe going across its eye. The Locust branch has just above the bird white flower pedals and green leaves. Just above the image, in the upper left corner, reads "No. 14-9." and the upper right reads "PLATE 165." Just 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, "Chipping Sparrow/FRINGILLA SOCIALIS,/ Male./Black Locust. Robina Preudacia."

The right image depicts the Field Sparrow resting on the ground just below the steams of two different species of plants. These plants appear to be rooted on a rocky surface next to some water. The bird itself has brown plumage with grey around its eyes. The plant just above it is very leafy with little blue berries attached to it. In the taller plant just behind this small plant is a long leafed and stemmed white flowering plant. Above the image on the upper corner reads, "No. 14-10." and in the upper right corner reads, "PLATE 164." Below the image in the lower left corner reads, "Chromolithy. by J. Bien, New York 1860." Centered below the image the legend reads, "Field Sparrow FRINGILLA PUSILLA. Wils./Male. Calopogon pulchellum & Vaccinium tenellum."

There are two images signed in faded brown ink on the backside, "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 Anne Thomas Estate Collection
People Audubon, John James
Bien, Julius
Subjects Art
Bird watching
Birding (Bird watching)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS