Woodland Animals: Antique Prints of Bear, Beaver, Cougar, Deer & Squirrel. We offer a variety of hand colored engravings and antique lithographs, call me with your specific ideas. Phone: 413-245-4197  or  Email:  anne@annehallantiqueprints.com

Audubon Squirrel Prints from John James Audubon’s Vipareous Quadrupeds of North America.

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.  Audubon Squirrel Prints. Antique Hand Colored Lithographs.   Each antique squirrel print measures 7 x 10 1/2″.

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This is the work of John James Audubon. These antique prints are a part of American History as they are original hand colored lithographs.  Coming  from the First Royal Octavo Edition published by John James Audubon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year of 1844.  They were drawn from nature by John Woodhouse Audubon.  Drawn on stone called a lithograph by William E. Hitchcock. Lithographed, printed and colored 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 pertainent 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.

Woodland Animals by Audubon, American Hand Colored Lithographs 1855

Each antique squirrel print measures 7 x 10 1/2″.  Additional information about these antique lithographs in the paragraph above. Call Anne with your specific Audubon requests 413-245-4197

Audubon Mice. Set of three framed

Audubon’s best animals illustrated with food. Published during 1854 to 1855. Coming from the work is entitled Vipaparous Quadrupeds of North America. These old prints of mammals are water colored lithographs that were completely produced from 1854-1855. They are 1st edition octavo edition mammals. I am selling the three of these framed as ONE set for $1250. shipped in the U.S., they are framed right to conserve them in high end stunning, gold leafed frames over red paint. Each framed Audubon measures about 17″ wide by 13″ high. An exemplary, outstanding trio of the Author’s work. Click here to contact us.

The illustrations of JJ Audubon’s Mammals, or his Quadrupeds of North America are important as they documented the animal life in North America in the early 1800’s. How were they published? The illustrations were transferred onto a specially crafted flat piece of limestone. What adventially would be in relief was drawn in with a kind of a greasy crayon. It took tremendous skill to be a lithographer. One would serve an apprenticeship for years before becoming a lithographer. If you were not good, you would never work for a major firm. Your job depended on your skill. Once finished with meticulous detail, the limestone plate was emerged into nitric acid. The nitric acid burned away the parts of the limestone that was not protect extend by the greasy crayon. The plate was cleaned off, inked up and printed in black ink. The porosity of the limestone had to have a just the right consistency and posits for printing purposes. The coloration was added professionally by hand at the time of production, back in 1855.

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Woodland Audubon Animals. Hand Colored Engravings of Woodland Mammals by Compte de Buffon

Woodland animals published from 1749-1761. These are Buffon Animal Prints, animals you may look for if you like the woods. Woodland mammals. I love wild North American animals… And I love George Leclerc Compte de Buffon’s work on mammals. Every animals has a unique expression.  Measuring about 7 1/2 x 9 1/2″, these are hand colored copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid rag. There is a slight toning to the paper. The prints look great in person.  Click here to contact us.

Framed Exquisite Deer Engravings by George Leclerc Compte de Buffon!

These woodland animals of deer come from a rare edition of Buffon’s work, published in Germany from 1790-1805.  These are hand colored copper plate engravings, on hand made hand laid rag.  Double matted in rag and under UV glass in a solid wood molding with fruitwood burl.  Each piece measures 9 1/2″  x 11 1/2″. Click here to contact us.

George Leclerc Compte de Buffon Squirrels, a Unique Collection Framed.

These woodland animals come from a rare German edition of Compte de Buffon’s work which was published from 1790-1805.  These are hand colored copper plate engravings, on hand made, hand laid rag.  Double matted in rag and under UV glass in a solid wood molding with fruitwood burl.  Each piece measures 9 1/2″  x 11 1/2″. Click here to contact us.

Wild North American Woodland Animals Published in New York 1900.

c.1900 Published by the Fish and Game Commission of the State of New York. Photolithographs. Each in lovely bold colors, paper measures about 9 x 11″ they are priced $75. each or the three for $175. Click here to contact us.

Please contact me about animals you are interested in, for a personalized selection.

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Wild North American Woodland Animals. We are happy to offer only original engravings & lithographs produced by famous naturalists including the work of Audubon, Buffon and Merian. Our antique prints of wild North American woodland animals are guaranteed authentic antiques from the 1640’s to 1900. The Quadrupeds… are four legged animals! We have old engravings & lithographs of bear, deer, beaver & otter. These are old prints of mammals. Animals you may see in the woods. Enjoy our selection of North American species at Anne Hall Antique Prints.

Copper plate engravings are old antique prints. It was an antique printing method, like photographs in the old days, so that people could see images of what these studies were about. In copper plate engraving, a very thin piece of copper was attached to a block of wood. Tools called burins were used to engrave into the copper. While the paper was slightly damp, the copper plate was carefully inked up and printed onto the piece of hand made rag paper, actually engraving the paper. Water colors could be added by hand, using the finest natural products obtained from everywhere on the Earth.

Lithography is an antique printing method. It came after copper plate engraving. Generally a lithograph was printed in one color, black. A type of greasy crayon was used to draw onto a special type of limestone, with just the right porosity. After the image was completed, the limestone was emerged into nitric acid, burning away what was not under the greasy crayon, leaving that portion in relief. It was inked up and printed. The image frequently was illuminated with water colors.

Chromolithography is an antique printing method whereas each color was printed from individual key stoned limestone plates. An extended version of lithography, quite laborious requiring a very skilled craftsman to get the registration just right and not distorted, or render the image out of registration. The process virtually replaced the laborious and expense of hand water coloring.  Eventually, c.1900 photographic off set printing replaced any and all antique printing methods, pretty much forever.


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I am a naturalist by trade & by passion. I am a 2nd generation dealer of fine antique prints and I enjoy providing my clientele personalized service.

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