Princeton Audubon Fine Art Prints

The world's only direct camera Audubon prints!

Audubon's Birds of America & Quadrupeds.

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World-class Audubon Fine Art!

Over 60 full-size prints to choose from!

Princeton purchased the actual originals and made them part of the physical process in producing this award-winning edition. Princetons are said to be the finest Audubon prints ever made!

NOTE: Current pricing reflects inventory reduction sale. Regular pricing returns September 1st.

Note current auction on eBay.

Make your walls scream!

The Carolina Parrot

Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition, plate 26.

26 1/4 x 39 1/4

This gorgeous bird is now extinct. But due to Audubon's brilliant composition, they will bring life to your walls!  More info on our Carolina Parrot.

Audubon wrote of these parakeets, "The woods are the habitation best fitted for them, and there the richness of their plumage, their beautiful mode of flight, and even their screams, afford welcome intimation that our darkest forests and most sequestered swamps are not destitute of charms." In later years he was to write: "Our Parakeets are rapidly diminishing in number, and in some districts, where twenty-five years ago they were plentiful, scarcely any are now to be seen."

 

Princetons are the world's only direct camera Audubon Birds of America lithographs.  We purchased the originals in order to produce absolutely exact reproductions. Limited editions, Princetons are the exact size, color, and have the same incredible detail as the antique Audubon originals.

If you can't find the original, invest in a Princeton!

  • Double elephant (life size - 26 1/4 x 39 1/4)
  • Limited editions of 1500 worldwide. White Pelican 500.
  • World's only direct camera edition. 
  • Actual originals were purchased, giving a physical connection to the originals.
  • Pencil-numbered and embossed with the Princeton Audubon Limited seal 
  • Up to 11 color plates used
  • Specially developed fade-proof inks.
  • Absolute color fidelity to the actual original.
  • Printed on a 300 line •Very heavy archival paper which is recommended by the Library of Congress for archives.
  • Paper specially toned to match the actual color of the existing antique originals.
  • Registered to purchaser.
  • As permanently displayed at The Royal Society of London, to which Audubon belonged as a Fellow.
  • "They are true prints, great paper, incredible detail and true colors. They are simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever made!" William Steiner, Audubon collector and author of Audubon Prints: A Collector's Guide To Every Edition.
  • "Of all the Audubon reproductions, Princetons come the closest in appearance and quality to the originals." Chris Lane, Philadelphia Print Shop West and guest appraiser on PBS Antiques Roadshow.
  • "With their astounding detail, definition, and color, the Princeton direct-camera facsimiles have long set the standard in Audubon Birds of America lithographs." Louise Mirrer, Director, The New-York Historical Society.

Interesting fact: All birds in the foreground of Audubon full size prints are the same size as in life. Further, any print whose plate number (top right of print) ends in either 1 or 6 is a large bird or large display of birds, and considered more valuable than those ending in other numbers. For example, the huge Flamingo is plate number 431. The equally massive White Pelican is plate number 311.

We're bringing our Basement up top! 

As we clear out our archives, we have a number prints with small folds at a corner or crease at the very edge of the paper. These are all minor and would be covered by any amount of matting. We cannot sell them as mint, but such handling creases do not affect the resale value. The same money back guarantee applies and each has a Certificate of Authenticity. These represent the best deal on the Internet for our award-winning prints.

Brown Pelican
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Purple Heron
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Welcome to Princeton! Full-size (life-size) Audubon fine art!

The finest of all!

Detail from what many say is the finest of all Audubon reproductions - The Princeton Audubon Pileated Woodpecker.

Full print: 26 1/4 x 39 1/4

Princeton Audubon Double Elephant prints are far beyond common reproductions! These award-winning prints were uniquely produced through the purchase and physical use of the actual antique originals, being the world's only direct-camera capture Audubon double elephant lithographs, giving you a physical connection to Audubon's original historic work.

The New York Times online store was inaugurated with our prints. Their first full page ad was for our Purple Heron of which we sold 42 on the first day.  Martha Stewart Living asked to use our beautiful Snowy Owl in one of their design spreads.

So accurate are Princetons, that some collectors place their priceless originals in vaults, and display ours instead. In fact, The Royal Society of London, to which Audubon belonged as a Fellow, chose Princeton prints to display in Chicheley Hall, a 300 year old estate in Buckinghamshire, England, which serves as the International Science Conference Center. In fact, Audubon was so proud of his affiliation with this Sosiety that he included the letters FRS in the script of all his originals. These stand for Fellow, Royal Society. Now THAT is a jolly good recommendation.  Here are more.

Princetons were first produced by the late David Johnson, a Master Printer and collector of Audubon originals who owned the paramount printing firm in the country - Princeton Polychrome Press. This company, now sold, achieved an enviable nationwide reputation by reproducing fine art prints for the National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts and many more.

Got an eye for fine art?

The difference is in the detail!

Enlarge this image and focus on the area above the beak as you move your screen back and forth. You will notice that instead of a smooth wash of color, you will see thousands of tiny "dabs" of black ink. This reflects the printing process in Robert Havell's studio where he etched tiny depressions into the copper plates and then inked them with black ink. Most reproductions will simply have a smooth wash of black, but Princeton is an absolute document of the actual original.

Detailed here is The American White Pelican

Whole print measures 26 1/4 x 39 1/4. We recommend conservation framing with a soft accent lamp focused on the breast.

 

You may acquire our prints from this website, from the Audubon House and Gallery in Key West, Florida, and The Taylor Clark Audubon Gallery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We invite you to frame history, and invest in a calmer past.

Note: If you wish to have your print sent to a gallery for professional framing, please enter the address of the gallery for the shipping address when you make the purchase. We can recommend a Gallery for you if you wish.

Two new images offered to our customers!

The Common American Swan, Plate 411

Rare Print Edition - $1,200

28 x 39 inches

The Trumpeter Swan, Plate 411

Rare Print Edition - $1,200

28 x 39 inches

The award-winning Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition

Double elephant (life size - 26 1/4 x 39 1/4)Limited edition of 1500 Pencil-numbered and embossed with the Princeton Audubon Limited seal •Up to 11 color plates used •Specially developed fade-proof inks. Absolute color fidelity to the actual original •Printed on a 300 line •Very heavy archival paper which is recommended by the Library of Congress for archives and is specially toned to match the actual color of the existing antique originals. •Registered to purchaser •As permanently displayed at The Royal Society of London, to which Audubon belonged as a Fellow.

Small detail of The Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Regular retail $1,200. Purchase today for $750!

Whole print measures a full size 26 1/4 x 39 1/4.

We guarantee your satisfaction.  

Return prints in original condition and packaging within 14 days of delivery for a complete refund.

Gallery 1 - Princeton Audubon Edition

THE AWARD-WINNING FLAMINGO

Winner of PAL "Nth" award, simply the finest print of this outstanding image that can be obtained.  Here is what others say ...

American Flamingo, plate 431, 26 1/4 x 39 1/4. 

Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition


The Princeton Audubon Purple Heron26 1/4 x 39 1/4, $1,200, edition of 1500. Audubon drew both the birds and the background in Florida in April 1832.  When he first saw them in the Keys, he puzzled at their coloration:  “Some of them were as white as driven snow, the rest of a delicate purplish tint, inclining to grey on the back and wings, with heads and necks of a curious reddish colour.  Males and females there were, but they were all of one species…”  He concluded that those with white plumage were immature birds.  He was incorrect, since in this species, coloring depends on the individual and has no relation to either age or sex.  It is dimorphic and displays two color phases, one white, the other purplish blue.  The birds illustrated here are both adults.



Gallery 2 - Rare Prints Edition

Princeton Audubon is pleased to offer the Rare Print Edition archival pigment prints, commonly known as giclee prints. This edition is the only one which we agree to sell alongside our own Princetons. These are exact facsimiles of Audubon's original hand colored engravings. Using ultra high resolution images from top of the line digital cameras the Giclee' printer sprays ink on watercolor paper at up to 4,000 dpi. The result is a reproduction that has the color, detail and texture quality of the original. Each image is printed with archival ink on 330 gram Somerset Velvet Enhanced paper and some with beautiful deckled edges and are full-size facsimiles of an actual original. IDENTIFICATION: Each print is embossed and numbered at the top left corner RARE PRINTS EDITION. 

These are double elephant prints, as are Princetons, so you can mix and match prints from both galleries.

The Great Blue Heron, plate 211, 27 x 39 inches, edition of 500.



Gallery 3 - Essex NYHS Edition SALE

The Roseate Spoonbill  TODAY $225

Our reduced size (19 x 23) Essex Edition.  Regular $250 

Also available in double elephant format.

The Essex Edition is reproduced from the original engravings by special permission from The New-York Historical Society. Louise Mirrer, Director of the New-York Historical Society says, "Princeton has faithfully reproduced the N-YHS original engravings in a collector's edition of stunning quality and brilliant color."

More: Louisiana Heron, Great Blue Heron, Hooping Crane

Purchase any two from Gallery 3 for just $375. Simply use button here and enter choices in message box at checkout.