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Object Name Lithograph
Title Bewicks Wren and House Wren
Catalog Number 1938.19.97
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-27 W-40 inches
Description This is a chromolithographic print on paper depicting both the Bewick Wren and House Wren from the Bien Edition of Audubon's Birds of America.

The image on the left depicts the Bewick's wren on a small branch of an Iron wood or Wahoo tree. The little bird is brown with a white belly. It also has a yellow stripe above its eye and black striped tailfeathers. Above the image in the upper left it reads, "No. 14-7" and the upper right reads "PLATE 118." 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 "Bewick's Wren,/TROGLODYTES BEWICKII. Aud,/ Male./Iron Wood or Wahoo. Ulmas Alata."

The Image to the right depicts a small family of House Wrens. They have made their small nest in the top of a brown and worn out hat that is resting on a barren tree branch. One wren is looking ahead resting on the top corner of the hat nest. The other is standing on a twig poking from the inside of the hat and is feeding a three little chicks poking out a very leggy insect. The top wren, who is the male wren, has small white spots on its wing feathers. Both adult wrens appear to be brown with black striped tail-feathers. The top left corner of this image reads, "No. 14-8" and the top right corner reads, "PLATE 120." Just below the image on the bottom right corner it reads, "Chromolithy by J. Bien, New York 1860." The Legend Centered below the image reads, "House Wren/TROGLODYTES AEDON. Viell./Male, 1. Female, 2. Young, 3.4.5."

There are two faded brown signatures signed on the reverse, one is "Bart A. Brown" and the other "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 Anne Thomas Estate Collection
People Audubon, John James
Bien, Julius
Subjects Art
Birds' eggs & nests
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS