An observation regarding prints in Gallery 1: "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. More reviews.
Welcome! In the early 1800's, John James Audubon composed 433 studies of birds in what he termed the 'natural' size. These served as the basis for his 435 original plates making up The Birds of America. Princeton purchased these actual Audubon originals and physically used them in the production of the full-size fine art prints you see in Gallery 1. Princetons are absolutely accurate documents of Audubon's originals. More info.
Note: Although there are 435 plates in the Birds of America, Audubon composed only 433 studies. Two of this number were used to produce an extra print each. Two plates are missing, thus there are only 431 plates held by The New-York Historical Society, which purchased the remaining compositions from Audubon's widow.
Princetons in Gallery 1 are the world's only direct-camera Audubon lithographs.
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Princetons are the world's only full-size Audubon re-creations produced through a direct-cameracapture of detail, the absolute highest standard. Actual original Audubon prints were purchased, generally from Sotheby's, and then physically utilized in producing these spectacular prints, making Princetons actual documents of the antique originals, having a physical connection to those done by Audubon's own hand. Princeton folio size prints measure 26 1/4 x 39 1/4 inches, which is the average trim size of the existing double elephant originals, this being the most common measurement after binding holes on the originals were trimmed away. Printed on heavy Mohawk paper that is recommended by the Library of Congress for archives, the paper is specially toned to match the average paper color of the 180-year-old antique originals. Each print is accompanied with a corresponding Certificate of Authenticity showing the embossed seal of Princeton Audubon Limited, and the edition number. Unless otherwise requested by the purchaser, each print itself is also embossed with the Princeton seal in the lower right, and pencil-numbered in the lower left with the edition number, denoting its limited edition. These are the real deal in Audubon fine art.
SPECS: Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition •Double elephant (life size - 26 1/4 x 39 1/4) •Limited editions 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, where Audubon served as a Fellow.
Full-size prints: Mockingbird, Florida Jay, Wild Turkey (Male). All three in Gallery 2
Historical note: Audubon's compositions depicted for the first time, life-size, all known species of North American birds in characteristic poses. Each painting presented a drama in the life of the subject, and Audubon succeeded in surpassing what he viewed as the stilted and constrained efforts of previous naturalists. Their works were, in his words, 'stiff.' Audubon's images live to this very day..
"As I wandered, mostly bent on the study of birds, and with a wish to represent all of those found in our woods, to the best of my powers, I gradually became acquainted with their forms and habits..."
Roseate Spoonbill. Talk about exquisite! Gallery 2
Double elephant prints are the same size as in life!
Now THIS is a double elephant! Click the image at right to enlarge.