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Object Name Lithograph
Title Ruffed Grouse
Catalog Number 1938.19.93
Creator Audubon, John James
Date 1860
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-27 W-39.875 inches
Description A Chromolithograph print on paper of J. J. Audubon's "Ruffed Grouse" from the Julius Bien Edition of "Birds of America." The image depicts three grouse eating grapes under a grapevine in the forest undergrowth. The Left bird has its wings outstreched and its brown and yellow, diamond spotted back to the viewer. Another bird is on the right also has outstreched wings, showing a white underside with heart shaped spots. Both birds are trying to peck at blue little berries just a bit above the right birds head. The Right bird also has significantly larger blueish black plumage or ruffles on its neck in comparison to the left bird. Between the two birds is another smaller bird with a white belly and dark brown wings. Unlike the other two birds, this bird has less elaborate plumage, for instance it lacks the ruff on its neck. Just be low this bird's feet are three pine cones, in which two are blue and one is brown. The upper left corner reads "No. 14-2" and the upper right corner reads "PLATE 293." The lower left corner reads "Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F. R. S., F. L. S." and the lower right corner reads "Chromolithy. by J. Bien, New York 1860." The Middle legend reads "Ruffed Grouse, TETRAO UNBELLUS. Linn. Male, 1.2. Female, 3." 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.
Collection Anne Thomas Estate Collection
People Bien, Julius
Audubon, John James
Subjects Art
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS