Title: Cat Squirrel Plate XVII
Artist: John J. Audubon, Rev. John Bachman, John Woodhouse Audubon, Victor Audubon
Publication: Quadrupeds of North America
Date: Published New York, First Octavo Publication 1849 to 1854
Print Type: Hand Colored Stone Lithograph
Size: 6.75” x 10”
Description: John James Audubon’s (1785-1851) detailed paintings capture the beauty of the four-footed creatures that populated the North American forest and plains of the time. In the 1830s, Audubon began to gather material for his Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, meant to complete his record of the animal life of North America. Having achieved worldwide fame with his "Birds of North America", he joined with his sons, John and Victor, and Rev. John Bachman a naturalist and Lutheran minister to draw and describe America's quadrupeds. With his sons Audubon collected and drew specimens in the Eastern woodlands, Missouri, and the Rocky Mountains, as well as in coastal regions of Florida and the East Cast. Although Audubon's health and eyesight began to fail, he managed to complete 77 drawings before illness kept him from his work. By the time of his death in 1851, Audubon’s sons had managed to solicit three hundred subscriptions for the Quadrupeds. Like the Birds of America, the Quadrupeds are wonderfully animated, superbly rendered, and beautifully printed. And, like the Birds, the animal paintings have no equal, and are still considered the finest animal prints published in America.
This print is from a first edition, has a rough bound edge and some soiling at the top of the paper which does not interfere with the print.
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