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BIRDS OF AMERICA BY JOHN JAMES AUDUBON(1785 - 1851)
PLATE 386 - Engraved  by R. HAVELL

WHITE HERON

                                                                                      
CLOSE-UP - John James Audubon's WHITE HERON, Birds of America, Havell Edition - Ardea egretta - Restored Print


WHITE HERON - Ardea egretta
Also known as GREAT WHITE EGRET, GREAT EGRET and COMMON EGRET.
 

Almost certainly one of Audubon's greatest works and a masterpiece of engraving by Robert Havell, every frond of the tail feathers having been individually engraved on the plate. However, in many instances Havell had engraved the feathers in such a way so as to be three dimensionally impossible, reminiscent of Maurits C. Escher. In all the original prints the colourists took little heed of Havell's fine detail and merrily splashed colour across most of it. These very detrimental faults have now been fully corrected and for the first time it is now possible to see this magnificent image in its true, full glory. A breathtaking example of Audubon's artistry.

The agama lizard is absent from the original watercolour of the White Heron, being found instead in the watercolour of the Common Buzzard (published, minus the agama, as Plate 372 also dated 1837). Both these water colour images were dramatically changed and enhanced during the engraving process and the resulting prints are as much to the credit of Robert Havell as to Audubon.

IMAGE REF: AUD055
 

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A2 23 x 16 594 x 420 124.95


SUPER A1 36 x 24 914 x 609 149.95


 

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