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BIRDS OF AMERICA BY JOHN JAMES AUDUBON(1785 - 1851)
PLATE 76 - Engraved  by R. HAVELL

VIRGINIAN PARTRIDGE

                                                                                      
CLOSE-UP - John Audubon, Birds of America - Virginian Partridge



VIRGINIAN PARTRIDGE - Perdix virginiana
(Now NORTHERN BOBWHITE - Colinus virginianus)
Attacked by a
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK -
Falco lineatus (Now: (Buteo lineatus)

IMAGE REF: AUD008

Different existing originals of this print display an extraordinary array of colours. Some show bright blue plumage to some of the birds while the hills in the background vary from pale blue through beige to a surprisingly bright red. The foliage in the foreground ranges in colour from bright blue, through yellow and pink to grey. It would seem that different colourists used different dyes and pigments to achieve the same initial colours but these have each altered differently and markedly over time to give these strange results. Similarly, the original artwork by Audubon also exhibits manifold aging effects (especially in some of the plumage) and is not to be relied upon as a colour reference. The original painting has a beige background landscape immediately behind the birds but every print that we have seen has this area coloured green. It has been assumed that Audubon changed his mind about the this colour and instructed Havell accordingly - but we may be wrong.

Where all these are in conflict with each other and with nature, common sense has dictated that reference should be to nature rather than to the images. Audubon, after all, painted what he saw, and in 180 years nature hasn't changed that much.

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