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What makes Princeton Audubon Double Elephant prints so special?
"True prints, incredible colors, great paper! Simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever produced." Bill Steiner, print collector and author of Audubon Prints: A Collector's Guide To Every Edition. Princetons are displayed by The Royal Society of London, of which Audubon was a Fellow, in their International Science Conference Center. Now that's a jolly good recommendation! You can feather your own nest with these same prints. But hurry. These are limited edition prints and they are nearing the end of the edition limit.
Princeton Audubon Double Elephants in Gallery 1 are the world's only direct-camera capture Audubon full-size lithographs - true prints. We purchased the actual originals in order to in-house directly transfer their incredible detail and color to the finest of all paper.
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"Of all the Audubon reproductions, Princetons come theclosest in appearance and quality to the originals." ChrisLane, owner of Philadelphia Print Shop (Denver) and guestappraiser on PBS Antiques Roadshow.
J Whatman paper. Queen Victoria chose Whatman paper for her personal correspondence. Napoleon wrote his will on Whatman paper as he sat exiled on the island of St. Helena. George Washington signed state documents on Whatman paper. The Whatman factory, the Turkey Mill, stood on the site of a former corn mill that had been in operation since the 15th century. The mill was named "Turkey Mill" perhaps due to the fact that it was grinding corn from India known as Turkey Wheat.
Audubon used only J Whatman paper for all his double elephants, as Whatman paper had the reputation of the finest in England. The countermark J WHATMAN appears on all untrimmed double elephant etchings. (A watermark consists of a design) It appears in block letters about 1 inch in height and stretches for about ten inches, and can appear anywhere on the back of the paper. It will say "J Whatman" or "J Whatman/Turkey Mill" and is followed by a date, generally between 1827 to 1838, this being the year the paper was produced.
Princetons are the worlds only direct camera generation Audubon lithographs
Shown here is just a small detail of the beautiful Carolina Parrot. View entire print in Gallery 1
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 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. About Princeton Audubon
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"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, current Director, The New-York Historical Society
Audubon probably drew this adult pelican in the Florida Keys in April or May 1832. Landscape artist, George Lehman, painted the mangrove limb. This print has wall presence!
Interesting quote from Audubon's youth ... "Today I saw the swiftest skater I ever beheld; backwards and forwards he went like the wind, even leaping over large air holes fifteen or more feet across, and continuing to skate without an instant’s delay. I was told he was a young Frenchman, and this evening I met him at a ball, where I found his dancing exceeded his skating; all the ladies wished him as partner; moreover a handsomer man I never saw, his eyes alone command attention; even his name, Audubon, is strange to me.”
— David Pawling, Mill Grove, PA; January, 1805, on 19-year-old John J. Audubon. History of John James Audubon
This is the only archival pigment print edition (giclee) that we offer alongside our own same size Princeton Double Elephant Edition. It is produced from the actual original and is striking in its color and detail. We suggest pairing this outstanding fine art print with the Princeton Snowy Owl. The owl would hang to the left of this falcon. Both would have their wall presence emphasized by black frames with soft accent lamps.
Here are four Audubon prints in a reduced size. These are reproduced from the original engravings held by 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."
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Historical note:Since Audubon portrayed each bird life size, the larger birds often had to be drawn in feeding positions to fit on the largest copper engraving plates then available, approximately 27 x 39 inches. Birds in the foreground of all full-size Audubon prints are the same size as in life.
In the early spring of 1832, Audubon and his assistant George Lehman stayed at the home of John Bachman in Charleston, South Carolina. Audubon wrote of the thousands of snowy egrets that had arrived there by March 25 and “were seen in the marshes and rice fields, all in full plumage.”
Soon he painted this magnificent egret, while Lehman added the landscape of a rice plantation in the Carolina low country. Some feel that the figure approaching from the bottom right is Audubon himself. A magnificent bird - a magnificent print.