A special edition boxed set featuring some of the most brilliant bird paintings of all time from John James Audubon's nineteenth century masterpiece, The Birds of America.
This special edition boxed set contains 16 of the most sought after prints from John James Audubon's nineteenth century masterpiece, The Birds of America.
They have been created by disbinding one of the two original sets held by the Natural History Museum, London, photographing the prints using the latest digital technology, and then reproducing them as large as possible on the page and with the original numbering and captions faithfully recreated. On the reverse of each print is an excerpt from the Ornithological Biography that Audubon wrote to accompany the prints.
From the beautiful snowy owl and colourful Carolina parrot to the great blue heron, each print can easily be framed and displayed at home, in the workplace or elsewhere. Presented in a shrinkwrapped presentation box, this is the perfect gift for bird enthusiasts and art lovers everywhere.
The Birds of America is one of the best known natural history books ever produced and also the most valuable – a complete set sold at auction in December 2010 for £7.3 million, which is a world record for a book. First published in double elephant size (approximately a metre tall) in the first half of the nineteenth century, it is famous for its stunning life-size illustrations of birds set within landscaped backgrounds. The book was issued in parts over 11 years and only around 200 completed sets were ever produced. Less than 120 of these survive today, locked away in museums, galleries and private collections around the world.
Take a look at some of the beautiful prints available in this boxed set.
John James Audubon was a naturalist and painter and is considered one of the greatest bird artists of all time. Born in Haiti in 1785, he spent much of his life travelling North America observing, catching and drawing birds and animals in remarkable detail.
Using a variety of materials to create a highly dramatic style, he painted almost 500 species of the 700 or so regularly occurring North American bird species. He also painted other animals but it is his life-size illustrations of birds that he is most famous for.