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Object Name Lithograph
Title Golden-Winged Woodpecker
Catalog Number 1938.19.80
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-39.75 W-26.75 inches
Description This is a chromolithographic print of the Golden Winged Woodpecker based on drawings by J. J. Audubon for the Bien Edition of "Birds of America." The brightly colored image depicts a series of five speckled belly woodpeckers with greenish and black feathers and yellow and black tail-feathers. One is standing above the others on the tip of the tree's trunk. It is squawking at the one perched on the branch below. Another is perched on a branch just below these squabbling two. There are two more hiding within the scene. The first is in the top left with its head just visible behind the tip of the broken tree trunk. The second is close to the lower branch with its head poking out from behind the trunk. It has a small greenish grub-like insect in its beak. The Tree trunk is a mix of greens, blacks and yellow hues. There are blue squiggles depicting moss in the center of the bark on the image. The entire picture surface is on a blue wash like background. The upper left corner reads "No. 12-3." and the upper right corner reads "PLATE 273." The lower left corner reads, "Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L. S." and the lower right corner reads, "Chromolithy by J. Bien, New York 1860." The legend centered just below the image reads, "Golden-winged Woodpecker/ PICUS AURATUS Linn./ Males, 1. Females, 2." Signed in faded brown ink on the back are two signatures, "Bark 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
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS