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Object Name Lithograph
Title Carolina Titmouse/Hudson's Bay Titmouse
Catalog Number 1938.19.20
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper
Dimensions H-27 W-40 inches
Description This is a chromolithograph on paper depicting both the Carolina Titmouse and the Hudson's Bay Titmouse for the Bien edition of Audubon's "Birds of America."

The left image depicts the scene of the Carolina Titmouse. In the scene, two small grey, black and yellow birds are perched on the branches of a Supple-jack plant. The two birds appear to be pecking at a small fuzzy and brown insect nest. Above the image in the upper left corner reads, "No. 3-7" and the upper right reads "PLATE 127." Just below the image in the lower left corner reads, "Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L. S." The legend centered below the image reads, "Carolina Titmouse/PARUS CAROLINENSIS. Aud/Male 1. Female 2. Supple-jack."

White the right image depicts the scene of the Hudson's Bay Titmouse. In this scene there appears to be three small birds resting on branches laden with green leaves and clusters of tiny pink berries. The top bird is the male and has golden brown black and white plumage. The lower two birds have darker grey, black and white plumage. The female is on the lower left and the juvenile is squabbling to its right. Above the image, the upper left corner reads "No. 3-8" and the upper right corner reads "PLATE 128." Below the image, the lower right corner reads, "Chromolithy. by J. Bien, New York 1860." The legend centered below the image reads, "Hudson's Bay Titmous/ PARUS HUDSONICUS, Lath./ Male 1. Female 2. Young 3."

There are two signatures signed in faded brown ink on the back, "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. The 1939 Old Capitol and Frankfort Guide indicates that the donor, Ann Thomas, gave 136 Audubon chromolithographs - KHS collections currently register 98.
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