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John James Audubon's Birds of America.

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Life-size Birds of America fine art!

Welcome! We offer world-class fine art prints, not common Audubon type posters or pictures. Our production process included the purchase and physical use of the actual originals (1827-1838), giving you a physical connection to Audubon's historic work. 

Detail: The extinct Carolina Parrot.    908.510.1621

Gallery 1 - Princeton Audubon Edition

Welcome! Princeton Audubon Double Elephant prints are unique as they are produced through the purchase and physical use of the actual antique originals, being the world's only direct-camera capture Audubon double elephant lithographs. The Flamingo you see at right is an award-winning print, simply the finest print of this outstanding image that can be obtained.  Here is what others say ...

"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.

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

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

Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition


More stunning prints from The Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition

The Purple Heron or Reddish Egret, The Great Carolina Wren, The Blue Crane, The Carolina Turtledove, The Snowy Egret or Heron, The Columbia Jay, The Baltimore Oriole, The Pinnated Grous, The Snowy Owl, The Pileated Woodpecker, The Carolina Parrot, The Brown Pelican, The Band-tailed Pigeon, The American White Pelican, The Ruby-throated Hummingbird, The Red-shouldered Hawk, The Summer or Wood Duck, See entire galllery.


Princetons were first produced by the late David Johnson, a Master Printer and collector of Audubon originals who owned the paramount printing company 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.

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.

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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



Gallery 3 - Essex NYHS Edition

The Roseate Spoonbill

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

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


Gallery 4 - The Mammals

After finishing his monumental work, The Birds of North America, John James Audubon set his sights on the mammals. Working with his two sons, Victor Gifford and John Woodhouse to complete the paintings, they partnered with Mister John Bachman who contributed text and helped manage the research. The experience Audubon gained working on the birds allowed a perfection of his technique that gave rise to the pinnacle of his life’s work in the best of these mammals. Princeton Audubon has chosen the best of the best to reproduce in this limited edition collection.

These measure 21 x 28 inches on beautiful Somerset paper imported from England. 

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The Princeton Audubon Purple Heron

26 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.


Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition fine art prints are the same size as in life!

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The extinct Carolina Parrot

This print is based on a painting composed in Louisiana about 1825.

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."


The American White Pelican, plate # 311.  26 1/4 x 39 1/4

Princeton Audubon Edition of 500, $1,500

An amazing work of art! This American White Pelican was produced directly from our original which we purchased and physically used to ensure absolutely accurate transfer of detail and color. We used extra heavy fine art paper and fade-proof inks.

Some say it may be the finest Audubon re-creation ever produced. We suggest conservation framing with a beaded gold frame and accent lamp focused on the breast.

Based on a composition painted perhaps in Florida in 1831 or 1832.  Landscape artist, George Lehman, worked on the background.

Audubon wrote:  "Ranged along the margins of the sand-bar, in broken array, stand a hundred heavy-bodied Pelicans...Pluming themselves, the gorged Pelicans patiently wait the return of hunger.  Should one chance to gape, all, as if by sympathy, in succession open their long and broad mandibles, yawning lazily and ludicrously...But mark, the red beams of the setting sun tinge the tall tops of the forest trees; the birds experience the cravings of hunger...they rise on their columnar legs, and heavily waddle to the water...And now the Pelicans...drive the little fishes toward the shallow shore, and then, with their enormous pouches spread like so many bag-nets, scoop them out and devour them in thousands."


The Gyrfalcon or Iceland Falcon, plate 366, 27 x 39 inches

Rare Prints Edition of 500, $1,200

This is a spectacular print which will make your walls scream! Princeton Audubon is pleased to offer the Rare Print Edition archival pigment prints, commonly known as giclee prints. This is the only edition 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. 


The Snowy Owl, plate 121, 26 1/4 x 39 1/4

Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition of 1500, $1,200 

This portrait was based on a composition probably painted in 1829 on the East coast.   Audubon gave these birds the only nocturnal setting found in The Birds of America.   He used pencil to portray the owl's soft, downy feathers.

The breeding ground of the magnificent snowy owl lies across northern Alaska and Canada, where the lemming is its staple food, supplemented by ptarmigan, fish and hare.  A persistent hunter, it spends much time on lookouts such as banks, boulders, knolls, and dunes along the sea.  Periodic epidemics decimate the lemmings and seem to account for the bird's southward flight, which gives Stateside birders a chance to see this large, white inhabitant of the tundra.