John James Audubon was born on April 26th 1785 in Haiti. He was the son of a French captain and a Spanish creole. He was taken to Paris where he studied with the French painter Jacques-Louis David. Audubon escaped from France in 1803 to prevent being drafted into the Napoleonic wars. He settled on a family owned estate near Philadelphia. It was here that Audubon studied and drew birds. Audubon was fascinated by nature and and made it a habit to interact with his surroundings. Audubon’s goal was to document all the birds of America. He made trips to the south, including Florida, where he did many of his most famous works. John James Audubon made a collection of 435 plates, containing 1055 different kind of birds. In 1826 Audubon went to England in the hope of getting his drawings published, and by the following year he had obtained sufficient subscribers to enable him to begin the publication of his Birds.
Mill Grove Farm. This was Audubon’s first home after arriving in America.
John James Audubon watercolor paintings are now home to the New-York Historical Society! The N-YHS plans to show a three part exhibition of John James Audubon’s collection. Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock (Parts I-III) will showcase all 474 watercolors by Audubon. Audubon’s Aviary: Part I of The Complete Flock exhibition is up from March 8, 2013 to May 19, 2013. For more information: http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/audubons-aviary
– Evans F.