PRINCETON AUDUBON FINE ART PRINTS

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Make your walls sing with high-end Audubon prints, featuring the world's only direct-camera Audubon Birds of America prints.

As seen in

The New York Times


Wow factor!  Essex Edition. This stunning composition sells for $150, but is currently offered at $125. We also sell the same image in the original double elephant size.

 

Call to purchase original octavos.

Original Octavo Mammals.

Original Octavo Birds.

 

 

Blue-Eared Phesant (Crossoptilon Auritum) Original hand-colored stone lithograph from John Gould's Birds of Asia (1849-1883).  In very good condition with general toning.  Dimensions 21 1/4"  x 14 1/2"  . Original text available. Credits at lower left: J. Gould and H. C. Richter, del et lith.  Lower right: Walter, ImpVery rare - - one of only 235 prints published by John Gould. $1650 Call 908-510-1621

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Audubon's extensive traveling caused one friend to complain, "He neglects his material interest and is forever wasting his time hunting, drawing and stuffing birds, and playing the fiddle.  We fear he will never be fit for any practical purposes on the face of the earth."   (A complete Audubon folio recently sold for nearly $11,000,000)

 

 

 

"Princeton Audubons stand above all other modern offset facsimile reproductions. The colors are bright, fresh and natural looking, and the amount of detail seen in the images is extraordinary." - Audubon dealer and expert Ron Flynn.  Audubon author Bill Steiner calls Princetons, "True prints, great color, incredible detail. Simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever produced."  "Of all the Audubon reproductions, Princetons come the closest in appearance and quality to the originals." - Chris Lane, co-owner of Philadelphia Print Shop (Philadelphia and Denver) and guest appraiser on PBS Antiques Roadshow. "...the quality of the reproductions reflects precisely the extraordinary state of the art craftsmanship Princeton Polychrome Press has consistently engendered since its inception."  Theodore S. Amussen, Former director of publications and editor-in-chief, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.  (Editor's note: Princeton Polychrome Press is the predecessor to Princeton Audubon Limited)  "The brilliant art prints in this rare limited edition collection are artistic triumphs of exceptional quality and beauty" James Bell, past director New-York Historical Society, New York City  "The Princeton Collection reproductions of Audubon's birds offer an incredible value.  The quality of color, definition and paper are fantastic and far beyond expectations." - Rare-Prints.com  Gallery owner Ben Frishman  "The Princeton Collection represents a remarkable example of historic accuracy and beauty.  No other modern Audubon edition gives collectors the quality and value of the Princeton edition. Audubon himself would no doubt be impressed by the superior workmanship in each print." - Glen Mullen, former Manager, Key West Audubon Gallery.

Unlike the production of any other Audubon edition in the world, Princeton purchased the actual originals and physically utilized them in creating these absolutely accurate Double Elephant or same size documents. Princetons were 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. Using the direct-camera technique that he pioneered, along with oversized Kodak film with its infinite retention of detail, he produced what Audubon author Bill Steiner calls, "... simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever produced".


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As seen in The Royal Society of London.

Audubon author Bill Steiner regarding Princetons, "True prints, great color, incredible detail. Simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever produced."

Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition

  • Double elephants (full size)
  • Limited editions 500-1500.
  • Individually 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.
  • Life-size, 26 1/4 x 39 1/4.
  • 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 antique originals.
  • Registered to purchaser.
  • As seen in New York Times
  • As permanently displayed at The Royal Society of London, to which Audubon belonged as a Fellow.

Princeton Audubon was founded in 1985 and continues to offer stunning lithographs and archival pigment prints from Audubon's actual originals

John James Audubon produced his original work in London during the early 1800's.  We purchased these originals and through their physical use have produced the magnificent Princeton Double Elephant Edition, the world's only direct-camera folio fine art prints of these historic images. These are absolutely accurate documents of the actual originals. We also offer the finest of today's archival pigment prints, The Rare Prints Editions. These are double elephant sized and can be displayed together with our Princeton Double Elephant Edition. Next day shipping in most cases.

The Difference Is The Detail! 

Click this image to enlarge. As you examine the area above the beak of this American White Pelican, incline your screen back and forth until you see what appear to be small dabs of black ink. While most reproductions will simply show a smooth wash of black, we have produced an actual document of the original. The 'dabs' are actually evidence of the aquatinting process used by Audubon's engraver, Robert Havell, in his London shop. Acid was used to create minute depressions in the copper plate, like tiny reservoirs where black ink would later settle. When then pressed into the paper, the result was what you see in the above example. Now that is fancy printing. If you can't ontain an original, purchase a Princeton.

"Its wings make music."

This is one of Audubon's finest compositions, The Ruby-throated Hummingbird. These birds were probably painted in Louisiana c. 1825. Hummingbirds, found only in the New World, fascinated Americans and Europeans of Audubon's day. To gratify this widespread curiosity with a number of views of the diminutive ruby-throat, he placed ten of them together, although in nature they are too pugnacious to associate this closely. He spoke glowingly of this bird of eastern North America: "No sooner has the returned sun again introduced the vernal season, and caused millions of plants to expand their leaves and blossoms to the genial beams, than the little Hummingbird is seen advancing on fairy wings, carefully visiting every opening flower cup." And Frank M. Chapman, in his Handbook of Birds of Eastern North America, wrote, "The Ruby-throat needs no song. Its beauty gives it distinction, and its wings make music."

Angry Birds

In our view, this print of The Pileated Woodpecker is the finest Audubon reproduction accomplished of any image in any edition. It is spectacular! The detail and definition and color are simply outstanding. Next to the extinct ivory-billed, the pileated is the largest of all North American woodpeckers.

 

 

 

This plate, a combination of pencil, ink, watercolor, and tempera, is based on a painting probably executed in 1829 at Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, and considered to be one of Audubon’s finest works. He wrote, “When followed [the pileated woodpecker] always alights on the tallest branches or trunks of trees, removes to the side farthest off, from which it every moment peeps, as it watches you progress in silence.” Audubon also wrote: “The observation of many years has convinced me, that Woodpeckers of all sorts have the bill longer when just fledged than at any future period of their life, and that through use it becomes not only shorter, but also much harder, stronger, and sharper.”

 

Birds of a feather frame together! (At a discount!)

Some prints just naturally complement the other. For example, the Snowy Owl and the Iceland or Gyrfalcon. (See details above) Both are magnificent birds and their stark coloring only adds to their wall presence. The retail price purchased individually totals $1,950. Purchase both for $1,750. We suggest black framing with minimal matting. Use these links to see the prints. Snowy OwlIceland or Gyrfalcon. Use this link for purchasing.  Add both to Cart. View other combination offers from the Information tab above. If you have your own favorites, we can make a similar offer for these as well. 908-510-1621.

Make Your Walls SCREAM!

Will the woods yet hear the screams of the Carolina Parrot? Sadly, this bird is now extinct, but our direct-camera print can make your walls scream with life! 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 Color Purple. (The Purple Heron)

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. The reddish egret inhabits shallow, open salt pans. When wading, it often rakes the bottom with one foot to stir up the prey and when pursuing fish, it has a habit of spreading its wings in a canopy, then running, hopping, and cavorting in a curious dance.

Original Audubon Imperial Quadrupeds
These measure app.21 x 28 inches.

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Original Audubon Octavos
These measure app. 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches.

Original Octavo Birds.

Original Octavo Mammals.

 

Original Audubon Octavo Long-billed Curlew, plate # 355, 2nd Edition. Very Good condition.  Normal paper toning consistent with its age. Slight coloration along the edges. Binding marks at the top. Very very faint  and unobtrusive text offset toward the left edge of the image.  Painted by Audubon in October 1831. Shows a beautiful view of Historic Charleston Harbor in the early 19th Century. Text included.  We are selling this actual original for $550.

  

Original Audubon Octavo Louisiana Heron, plate # 373, 2nd Edition. Excellent Condition with bright colors and nice details. Very faint and unobtrusive fox marks at the bottom edge  (under Bowen credit) and right edge (lower half). Binding marks at the top. $900