Oct 262018

Audubon Squirrel Prints. Antique Hand Colored Lithographs. John James Audubon’s Vipareous Quadrupeds of North America.  Call with specific Audubon requests. Phone: 413-245-4197  or  Email:  anne@annehallantiqueprints.com

Audubon Squirrel Prints from the First Royal Octavo

Audubon Squirrel Prints from the First Royal Octavo of John James Audubon’s work entitled “The Viviparious Quadrupeds Of North America.” Published in Philadelphia, 1844.  Beautifully illustrated hand colored lithographs.

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This is the work of John James Audubon. These antique prints are a part of American History. These antique Audubon lithographs are original hand coloured lithographs.  We are pleased to offer these hand colored antique Audubon squirrel prints.  They come from the First Royal Octavo Edition Published by John James Audubon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year of 1844. Each antique squirrel print measures 7 x 10 1/2″.  They were drawn from nature by John Woodhouse Audubon.  Drawn on stone called a lithograph by William E. Hitchcock. Lithographed, printed and coloured provided by the publisher, J.T. Bowen, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844. The Quadrupeds of North America, which encompassed a total of 150 native American four legged,  or “quadruped” mammals, each individually documented and portrayed in their land natural settings by John Woodhouse, John James’s son. This was a collaborative work between the very famous 19th Century American painters: John James Audubon and his two sons: John Woodhouse Audubon; and Victor Gifford Audubon; and the naturalist Reverend John Bachman. They documented and portrayed what J.J. Audubon considered a dwindling resource: the native mammals set among the splendor and majesty of the uninhabited America landscape. The team traveled westward from Audubon’s home in Mill Grove, Pennsylvania up the Missouri River and through territory just previously explored by Lewis and Clark. From the Canadian border of the Northern Russian Territories, now Alaska, southward to Mexico. This monumental journey was extremely hard on the wildlife team, and therefore influenced the compositions of their artwork and paintings, to some degree.  Despite tumultuous weather, these old lithographs are a pertinant record of North American animals. The Quadrupeds of North American is a wildlife essay which provides a classic contribution to both American History and the artwork that documented it during the early to mid 19th Century. The American Review, a Whig journal, heralded the national origin of the Quadrupeds: “We have at last have a Great National Work, originated and completed among us- authors, artists and artisans of which are our own citizens. the Bible of Nature!” Most of this information was sourced from the book entitled: John James Audubon in the West. Published in 2000 in New York by Henry H. Abrams.


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