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Object Name Lithograph
Title Purple Finch/Pine Grosbeak
Catalog Number 1938.19.12
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1859
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-27 W-40 inches
Description This is a chromolithographic print of both the Crested Purple Finch and Pine Grosbeak for the Bien edition of Audubon's Birds of America.

Crest Purple Finch illustration is on the left. It depicts a scene to two red and black males and a brown and green female sitting on the branch of the coniferous Red Larch tree that is filled with tiny little reddish pine-cones. The two males are positioned above the female on the lowest branch. Above the image the upper left reads, "No. 2-5" and the upper right reads, "PLATE 196" Just below the image on the lower left reads, "Drawn from Nature by J> J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L. S." The legend centered below the image reads, "Crested Purple Finch/ERYTHROSPIZA PURPUREA. Gmel./1 Males 2 Female Red Larch Larix Americana."

The image depicts a scene with the Pine Grosbeak. The Image shows three grosbeaks resting on the branch of another coniferous tree. The lower left bird has bright red and black plumage. The other two birds have darker brown plumage. However, the bird in the upper middle has a greenish undertones in its feathers and the bird on the middle right has grey. Above the image, the upper left corner reads, "No. 2-6" and the upper right reads "PLATE 199." Below the image on the lower right reads, "Chromolithy. by J. Bien, New York 1859." The legend centered below the image reads, "PIne Grosbeak/PYRRHULA ENUCLEATOR./1. Male Adult Spring Plumage. 2, Female. 3. Young First Winter." There are two signatures 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