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BIRDS OF AMERICA BY JOHN JAMES AUDUBON (1785 - 1851)
PLATE 61 - Engraved by R. HAVELL

GREAT HORNED OWL

                                                                                      
Print - Great Horned owl, John Audubon, Birds of America. Strix virginiana (Bubo virginianus)

GREAT HORNED OWL  -  Strix virginiana
Now: Bubo virginianus

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IMAGE REF: AUD070


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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 out loud!

Print - Great Horned Owl, John Audubon, Birds of America. Eyes corrected and original

Great Horned Owl with Variant Eye Version

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