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Object Name Lithograph
Title Blue Grosbeak
Catalog Number 1938.19.18
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-40 W-27 inches
Description This is a chromolithographic print on paper of the Blue Grosbeak from the Bien edition of Audubon's Birds of America. The image depicts three grosbeaks surrounding a nest on the branches of a dogwood tree. The bird on the top is a male who has primarily blue and black plumage with golden orange wings and a white beak. The bird on the lower left is the female and she is similar to the male except that her abdomen appears to be brown. The bird in the center sitting on the nest is a dark brown with orange belly. Below the image on the lower left it reads "Chromolithy. by J. Bien, New York 1860." While in the lower right side it reads, "Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L. S." The legend centered below the image reads, "Blue Grosbeak/ FRINGILLA COERULEA, Bonap. Male, 1. Female 2. Young, 3. Dogwood Cornus flordia." 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.
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