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Object Name Lithograph
Title Pigeon Hawk
Catalog Number 1938.19.73
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-40 W-27 inches
Description Chromolithograph of a Pigeon Hawk based on drawings by J. J. Audubon for the Bien Edition of "Birds of America." The scene depicts two small hawks resting on a exposed tree branch. The top hawk is a dark brown male and the lower hawk has its white and brown striped belly facing the viewer. It also has its wings slightly spread and its beak open. The tree has a left branch to the right just below the birds. The upper left words reads, "No. 11-3," and the upper right words read "PLATE 21." The lower left legend reads, "Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L. S." and the bottom right reads "Chromlithy. by J. Bien, New York 1860." The middle legend reads, "Pidgeon Hawk/ Falco Columbarus, Linn./ Male, 1. Female, 2." On the back signed in faded brown ink 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.

Ornithological Biography, Volume 1, page 85: "Their appetites are equal to their reckless daring, and they well deserve the name 'Pirates,' which I have above bestowed upon them."
Collection The Anne Thomas Estate Collection
People Audubon, John James
Bien, Julius
Subjects Art
Birds of prey
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS