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Object Name Lithograph
Title Swainson's Warbler and Bachman's Warbler
Catalog Number 1938.19.27
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-27 W-40 inches
Description This is a chromolithographic print on paper dipicting both the Swainson's Warbler and Bachman's Warbler from the Bien Edition of Audubon's Birds of America.

The left image depicts the Swainson's Warbler who is perched in the center of a azalea with orange blooms. The bird itself is brown with a yellow belly and is looking up. Just to the left of it and above it to the right are two small butterflies. The butterfly on the left is blue with black linear patterns on its wings. The upper right butterfly is yellow black and orange patterned with large circles imitating eyes on its wings. Just below the image to the left are silhouettes of the bill and toe of the Sylvia veriora and the Sylsvia Swainsonii. It reads just above the upper sketches, "Bill hind toe with claw of the Sylvia veriora." Just above the lower sketches reads "Bill hind tow and claw of the present species." Above the image in the upper left corner it reads, "No. 4-8" and in the upper right reads "PLATE 104." The Lower left corner just below the image reads, "Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L. S." Centered just below the image reads "Swainson's Warbler/SYLVIA SWAINSONII. Azalea Calendulacca. Orange-colored Azalea."

The image to the right depicts two Backman's Warblers perching on the branches of a Gordonia pubescens. These birds are brown, black, blueish grey and yellow. The plant has large white flowers with yellow and orange middle and appear to have a few brown and dead leaves still attached to the stems. The warbler on the bottom is sitting on a small branch that is technically not attached to the large plant in the image. Above the image on the left reads, "No. 4-7" and above the image on the right reads, "PLATE 108." Just below the image on the right reads, "Chromolithy. by J. Bien, New York 1860." The legend centered below the image reads "Backman's Warbler/SYLVIA BACHMANII, Aud. Male 1. Female 2. Gordonia pubescens". Signed in faded brown ink on the reverse are two signatures, "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 Audubon, John James
Bien, Julius
Subjects Art
Bird watching
Birding (Bird watching)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS