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BIRDS OF AMERICA BY JOHN JAMES AUDUBON(1785 - 1851)
PLATE 307 - Engraved  by R. HAVELL  Dated 1936

BLUE CRANE OR HERON

                                                                                       
CLOSE-UP - John James Audubon's BLUE CRANE OR HERON - Ardea coerulea (caerulea), Birds of America, Havell Edition, Plate 307 - Restored Print



BLUE CRANE OR HERON Ardea coerulea
Now:
Egretta caerulea

Some confusion surrounds the title to this image and the to description given by Audubon - which differs from all other descriptions and observation of this species.

Audubon writes " Ardea coerulea " in the his text and as the title to the print - this name is not recognised by any authority. Wilson's American Ornithology (1840) lists this species as " Ardea Caerulea " with no reference to any prior use of " coerulea ". Jardine reinforces this with his renaming this species to " Egretta caerulea " (1835).

The print has been restored according to Audubon's written description although this differs from other contemporary and all modern descriptions and observation. Perhaps Audubon chose to illustrate a particularly spectacular specimen or decided to "jazz it up" a bit for commercial reasons. Whichever it was, the resulting image is certainly very arresting.  

IMAGE REF: AUD058
 

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SUPER A3 13 x 19 330 x 483 44.95


A2 16 x 23 420 x 594 124.95


SUPER A1 24 x 36 609 x 914 245.95


The full size image is approximately 22 x 32  inches so there will be a broad margin around the Super A1 print.
If required the numeral "1" can be removed from above the bird's head or moved to the left margin. Let us know by email.

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