Audubon normally painted his subjects from
dead specimens that he shot for himself. Occasionally he then had
difficulty with getting the eyes right - the deceased specimens rarely
co-operated in this respect. The result could sometimes be
rather disturbing. In this instance Audubon's original painting
exhibits both owls with eyes that are crossed or "boss-eyed" giving a
very comical but also rather disturbing effect.
Naturally, Havell slavishly followed the original
and as a result loose prints of Audubon's Great Horned Owl are now
very rare since not many folk wanted to look at cross-eyed owls.
Here then, is the opportunity to see Audubon's
superb work with the eyes meticulously corrected to life using
Audubon's own images to source and effect the change.
We are aware that some will want the image
exactly as originally published and we make this available too.
Here is the original image (restored) which will change to the revised
eye version when you run your cursor over it. You are allowed to laugh
Great Horned Owl
with Variant Eye Version
You can stop
playing now. If you wish to have the restored print showing
the original eye design
please email us when you order.