The premier edition of John James Audubon's Birds of America

As seen in The New York Times and displayed at The Royal Society of London

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Purchase the premier edition of Audubon fine art.


Essex Edition Louisiana Heron, Gallery 3 

Make your walls scream! Spectacular Audubon prints!

 

Extinction has silenced this bird, but your walls will scream with life!

 The Princeton Audubon Carolina Parrot.  Gallery 1

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.

Some of our prints are available on Ebay.   Woodpecker Watch - 35 prints remaining.

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.

Purchasing two or more? Call us for a discount. 908-510-1621

Princetons are the world's only full-size Audubon re-creations produced through a direct-camera capture 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.

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Enjoy this informative video about Audubon and his art. 

Audubon is not just birds! 

Black Squirrel, Gallery 4

 

   

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.

American White Pelican. Gallery 1

 

 

 American Flamingo. Gallery 1  (Our prints are sold unframed)

All prints sold in Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 were produced directly from the antique originals.

 

Fish Hawk or Osprey. The original is at left. Gallery 2 

Detail. Having a bad day?


 

 

The Princeton Audubon Pileated Woodpecker. Gallery 1

Historical note: "Even the name is strange." 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.  Learn more about Audubon

 

 

Here is an example of the detail you will see in a Princeton print. At the end of this paragraph you may click on the link for "detail."   When this detail is displayed on a pc or laptop screen, incline your screen back and forth as you focus on the area above the beak of the pelican. Instead of a smooth wash of black which is seen in other reproductions, you will see what appear to be many small dabs of black. While these are not shown on other reproductions, they do appear on the originals. You see, Audubon's engraver, Robert Havell, used chemicals to etch minute depressions in the smooth copper plates. These depressions would later accept ink, and when the paper was pressed against it and pulled off the plates, these minute dabs appeared. Princeton prints, being the end result of a physical, photographic transfer of detail, are exact documents of the originals. While other reproductions are less expensively produced, you can be certain that your Princeton print is an absolutely accurate document of the original. Here is the detail. 

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 stamped with the Princeton seal in the lower right, and pencil-numbered in the lower left denoting its limited edition. If you would like these markings to appear only on the Certificate of Authenticity, please enter your request in the message box at checkout. You may order using our secure cart or by phone at 908-510-1621, or through The Taylor Clark Audubon Gallery in Baton Rouge or through The Key West Audubon Gallery, or through The New-York Historical Society or through The New York Times.

We also are pleased to offer the fine Rare Print Edition giclees, an example of which you see below. These can be found in Gallery 2, and are the same size as Princetons, so you can mix and match.

Wild Turkey (female) - Gallery 2

FRAMING OPTIONS: We do not offer framing, however when you purchase our prints through The New York Times online store, you may there choose a reasonable framing option. You may also purchase our prints through The Taylor Clark Gallery. (TIP: They are working off an inventory of our prints received prior to a regular limited edition price increase, so you may get a good price while their supply lasts) This gallery provides superb frames. But generally we advise our clients to bring their print to a local framer along with a picture of the wall where it will be displayed, in order to have the framer match not only the print but the display setting. We also suggest conservation framing. For the prints with a darker background, such as the American White Pelican and the Snowy Owl, we suggest a soft accent lamp. Beaded wood frames set of the prints very well. The Pileated Woodpecker is stunning in a dark black frame.

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View our Essex Edition of reduced size birds in Gallery 3.

Every house should have a mouse!

Most purchase this print for the pottery. The Common Mouse. Gallery 4. 


Prairie Wolf, from John James Audubon's Quadrupeds. Click on Gallery 4 to see these Imperial sized fine art prints. These measure 21 x 28 inches on Somerset paper imported from England. Yes, Audubon is not just birds!

Audubon is not just birds! From the prowling Prairie Wolf to the camouflaged Fawn, Grey Rabbit or Grey Fox, the mammals are a celebration of the diversity of life. Like the birds, this was a groundbreaking work. They discovered several new species, most notably the black-footed ferret. They were among the first to paint the animals in their natural surroundings. The landscapes and accompanying flora and fauna are often as spectacular as the primary subject. The family groups and animal behavior is instructive and inspiring. Viewthe mammals in Gallery 4.