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Object Name Lithograph
Title American Sparrow Hawk
Catalog Number 1938.19.81
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-39.5 W-27 inches
Description This is a chromolithograph of an American Sparrow Hawk from the Bien Edition of Audubon's Birds of America. The image depicts three colorful sparrow hawks perching on the branches of a White Walnut three. The little hawks have brown back feathers with black stripes and white underbellies with black spots. Above there yes are blue, orange and yellow crests. The hawk on the lower right appears to have blue and black wings as well as yellow in its tail-feathers. There is a grey deceased bird grasped in the claws of the top right bird. In addition, there are five walnut seeds found in a cluster just between the three birds. Another small cluster of three hanging from a stem to the right of the lower right hawk. Another small seed occurs to the left of the top right hawk as well. The lowest bird appears to be aimed at catching a small flying insect just beyond the images boundaries of the green leaves. In the upper left it reads, "No. 12-4" and in the upper right reads, "PLATE 22." Just below the image on the lower left reads, "Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L., S." and in the lower right reads, "Chromolithy by J. Bien, New York 1860." The Legend centered below the image reads, "American Sparrow Hawk/FALCO SPARVERUS. Linn Male, 1. Female, 2. Butternut or White Walnut Juglans Cinera." There are two signatures signed on the reverse 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.
Collection Anne Thomas Estate Collection
People Bien, Julius
Audubon, John James
Subjects Art
Bird watching
Birding (Bird watching)
Birds of prey
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS