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Object Name Lithograph
Title Mocking Bird
Catalog Number 1938.19.16
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-39.875 W-27 inches
Description A chromolithograph of Mocking Birds originally created from drawings by J. J. Audubon for the Bien Edition of "Birds of North America." The image depicts four small mocking birds battling a rattle snake that is circled around their nest. The snake is wrapped tightly with his rattle reaching the air, and his mouth exposed to grasp a startled female in the central foreground. Another bird is perched just above the snakes head attempting to bite at its eye. The other birds are perched at the top of the upper branches. The branches also contain small yellow flowers of Florida Jasmine. The bottom left corner legend reads, "Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L. S." and the bottom right reads "Chromolithy. by J. bien, New York 1960." The Middle legend reads, "Mocking Bird , TURDIS POLYGOTTUS, Linn, Males, 1. Females, 2. Floridia Jessamine Gelsemium nitidum." 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
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS