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BIRDS OF AMERICA BY JOHN JAMES AUDUBON (1785 - 1851)
PLATE 26 - Engraved by R. HAVELL

CAROLINA PARROT

                                                                                      

Carolina Parrot, John James Audubon, Birds of America, Havell Edition. Print. Full Size. Restored
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CAROLINA PARROT - Psittacus carolinensis (extinct)
Now: CAROLINA PARAKEET -
Conuropsis carolinensis (extinct)
On Cocklebur -  Xanthium strumarium.

The uppermost bird is an unusual in that it has 14 tail feathers. As Audubon writes in his Ornithological Biography, most Carolina Parakeets had 12 tail feathers. All the colours have been restored strictly in accordance with Audubon's written description that exactly matches preserved specimens.

Robert Havell appears to have taken particular care when etching this image, as the quality of the work is outstanding. However, the colourists' cruel, casual indifference to the exquisite precision of his  draughtsmanship must have caused him to weep. He obviously took great pride in carefully etching each and every bristle on the cocklebur and the many thousands of individual feather fronds - only to see much of his fine work submerged beneath a sea of thick and crudely applied colour. Compared to Havell's precise work, Audubon's original watercolour is little more than a sketch, so the multitude of accolades heaped upon this image, in spite of the sub-standard colouring, are really the result of Havell's input rather than to Audubon's work.

By meticulously unpicking the clumsy colouring and correcting all the usual antique print defects, a painstaking task that was spread over two years, it has been possible to recover Havell's superbly engraved image such that these prints now comprehensively outshine anything previously available.

IMAGE REF: AUD061

OVERALL SIZE APPROXIMATE
SHEET  DIMENSIONS
TOTAL PRICE  
INCHES MMS
SUPER A3 19 x 13 483 x 330 95

A2 23 x 16 594 x 420 145

Limited
Edition
SUPER A1*
Limited to an edition of 250 prints


36 x 24 914 x 609 345

* The full size image is 32 x 23 inches so there will be
2 inch margin at the top and foot of the printed sheet
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