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BIRDS OF AMERICA BY JOHN JAMES AUDUBON (1785 - 1851)
PLATE 102 - Engraved by R. HAVELL

BLUE JAY

                                                                                      
John James Audubon, Birds of America, Plate 102, Havell Edition - BLUE JAY - Corvus cristatus now Cyanocitta cristata - on Trumpet Vine - Bigonia capreolata . Restored Print
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BLUE JAY  - Corvus cristatus.
(now:
Cyanocitta cristata).
on TRUMPET CREEPER - Bigonia capreolata.

IMAGE REF: AUD028

Those familiar with the surviving original prints of the Blue Jay will be surprised, startled even, by the bright colours that the originals would have exhibited on first publication. Great care has been taken to ensure that the colours are correct and are as would have been seen in the original watercolour and prints at the time of their making.

Interestingly, the original watercolour does not include either the vine leaves or the flowers but does leave spaces for them to painted in later, a process that was never completed. Instead, some shading  on the leaves was drafted in by Audubon (or possibly Joseph Mason) and that was it. A manuscript note in the lower right hand corner of the watercolour simply reads, "Plant ?". This begs the question, from where did Havell obtain the artwork for the flowers and leaves?

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SUPER A3 19 x 13 483 x 330 45


A2 23 x 16 594 x 420 95


SUPER A1* 36 x 24 914 x 609 145



*Note: The original engraved plate is just 25
x 20 inches,
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