ORIGINAL AUDUBON / HAVELL BIRDS OF AMERICA PRINTS
This page is for collectors of
actual original Audubon/Havell edition etchings. Havells are
the most sought after of all of Audubon's work. Extremely
rare, there were only about 200 of each image ever produced.
The value increases year by year, as most of these are found only in
museums today. To purchase, please call 908-510-1621 or
send us an email.
Plate 93, The Sea Side Finch
Outstanding original with bright coloring.
24 3/4" w x 37 7/8" $8,400
Please order by phone. 908-510-1621
Summer or Wood
Duck (Plate CCVI) Anas sponsa
Audubon has positioned his
summer ducks nesting in a buttonwood, and the overall composition
makes this a most desirable print and a classic example of his
harmonious representation of fauna and flora.
We offer for sale a full sheet,
double elephant folio, Havell edition. The watermark is visible and
there are no tears or blemishes on this piece. The sheet was
conserved in Dec 2011 with minor cleaning performed. The vivid blue
on the wings of the birds offsets the rich brown and black markings
of the wood duck. The button wood leaves are a soft green and serve
as a wonderful backdrop for the birds.
Price $34,000. SOLD
Audubon Havell Long-billed
Audubon/Havell Long-billed Curlew
Shown here in its protective sleeve, this rare
and highly popular print has been beautifully cleaned by the
Philadelphia Print Shop and is now offered offered for sale through
this website. The colors are exceptional and the print is in
excellent condition. Please
if you are interested in making an offer on this outstanding John
James Audubon original. J WHATMAN watermark, bold colors,
ready to frame. 908 510-1621 for purchasing options.
the images below for detailed views.
PLATE LXXXVI -
Black Warrier, Falco Harlani
Audubon is well known for his
portrayals of members of the "hawk" group (subfamily
Accipitrinae). In North America
at the time of Audubon the term "falcon" was used as a genus
annotation for many of the Accipidriae,
including true hawks as well as kites, eagles, harriers and
buzzards. Loosely, it also referred to any bird of prey other
than the owls.
We are offering a double
elephant folio, full sheet, Black Warrier, Plate 86, Havell
Edition with full watermark. The sheet size is 24 3/4"
x 38". ( It is slightly trimmed along the binding edge). The
sheet underwent minor conservation in 2010 to de-acidify and
stabilize the paper. There are no tears or mars on the sheet and
the images are excellent in color. This is a magnificent
portrayal of both the male and female and is sought after
because of the regal and defiant stance of the birds. This is a
gret print for the lover of raptors.
AMERICAN HEN (American Turkey Female) $35,000
are offering for sale one of the earliest prints of the Great
American Hen and Young. This full sized, double elephant
folio, sheet is believed to have been printed in the engraving
shop of Wm. Lizars in Edinburgh and carried by Audubon to London
where it was colored by R. Havell Sr. (following the failure of
the colorists employed by Wm. Lizars to complete early
production requirements of the second number While JJ Audubon
and the Havell’s were negotiating to engrave and color the
remaining 425+ plates to complete the “Birds of America”,
R. Havell Senior agreed to color enough sheets of the second
number to fill the few subscriptions already sold.
(As you know, Lizars, in Edinburgh, engraved the first number
(Plates I to V), and then couldn’t complete the second number
(Plates VI to X) on schedule due to a strike by his
colorists...forcing Audubon to London to seek out the Havell's).
When the Havell’s took over the commission, R Havell Jr made
changes to the plate for the later sheets produced. This print
pre-dates those changes. The complete watermark can be seen on
the print: J Whatman Turkey Mill 1827. This print
has been through initial restoration and preservation by the
Center for Art
and Historic Artifacts, in
Philadelphia. It had
been laid down, needed cleaning and had margin tears. It's so
rare a print however, that it was worth the effort to stabilize
and then restore the print. CCAHA has removed it from the
board to which it was attached, neutralized the paper, cleaned
the print and sealed all margin tears. A longer tear (approx.
5”) running horizontally below the breast of the adult and above
the chicks was also repaired. The color is very bright and did
not need conservation. Some margin paper was missing
in the top right corner of the sheet (above the head) and also
missing from behind the tail along the left margin. A
small notch of paper was also missing from the lower left margin
(which included the first three letters of the word “Drawn”).
The CCAHA restoration included addition of paper at the site of
each of these voids. We have taken great care to
stabilize the print without “erasing” through over-conservation,
age blemishes associated with this print. A CD is
available that documents the restoration by CCAHA, and they
would execute additional work should the purchaser have interest
in further restoration. This is truly a beautiful, intriguing
and important early piece for a collector of rare works.
Priced at: $35,000.
Republican Cliff Swallow, Plate 68, No. 14
Engraved by R. Havell, Junr. Printed & Coloured by R. Havell,
Sale: Cliff Swallow.
The plate size of this sheet is 19 ½” x 12 ¼”. The sheet is 22
1/5 x 32”, and was slightly trimmed, possibly to fit an earlier
frame. The watermark, J Whatman, Turkey Mill appears on the
upper right with trimming through the lower line of the
watermark. Minor conservation performed in July 2010 consisting
of neutralization of the paper and light cleaning of the print.
There are no tears or mars on the print. The colors are very
bright and true, and consisting entirely of the beautiful browns
and oranges seen in the bird and in its natural habitat.
This composition depicts cliff
swallows during nesting season as seen in the high rocky regions
of the country. The nests are ornithologically correct with
several birds clustered in the community rookery. This plate not
only depicts the birds, but was intended to educate the viewer
to the bird habitat and life cycle as we notice a broken nest
and a solitary egg that has come to rest on a ledge below the
other nests. A female bird looks down from above at the lost egg
giving an anthropomorphic quality to the composition.
Although Cliff swallows are still
most numerous in the West, ranging from
their range expanded in the 1800’s following the development of
eastern North America
for agriculture and the erection of structures suitable for
nesting sites. In 1817, breeding pairs were documented in
New York and their
territory became widespread by the beginning of the 20th
century. In the modern day the range has declined following the
introduction and spread of the House Sparrow, a species that
seems to dispossess Cliff Swallows by taking their nests and
destroying any eggs already laid.(Cornell
4: Purple Finch
beautiful Hand-colored engraving by W. H. Lizars. Sheet
dimensions 37 1/16" X 24 7/16" with the watermark "J.
Whatman/ Turkey Mill /1827". Original hand coloring. Sheet
backed by Japan Rice paper. Very faint mat burn, a difficult to
notice 4" long paper imperfection in the white area within the plate
mark (see detail Pic), some foxing along the top edge, and two hinge
tapes verso top edge. These are easily treated by a conservationist.
Audubon painted these colorful birds perched on a Tamarack Tree near
the Great Lakes area around 1824 (Low). Price: $3275.
(XLIX): Blue-green Warbler
Havell Edition hand-colored copper-plate engraving with etching and
aquatint. This print has been moderately
trimmed to a dimension of about 18-1/2” X 26”. The deep prominent
plate mark (image matrix) is entirely intact and measures about
12-1/4” X 19-1/4”. There are wide margins around the plate mark for
easy framing. No Whatman watermark can be seen. However, this print
is guaranteed to be an original Audubon Havell Edition print. This
print is in overall excellent condition. There is a professionally
repaired 1-1/2” tear at the left margin, which does NOT come close
to the plate mark. There are 3 tiny scattered fox marks, and a tiny
black ink mark near the lower right corner of the plate mark. The
coloring is excellent (see close-up photo). $1400.00. Please add
$25.00 for packing materials and FLAT fully insured UPS Ground
shipping to the U.S. SOLD
Plate 10: Brown Lark :
Dimensions 28 3/8" X 21 1/2" with the "J. Whatman"
watermark (the year 1827 trimmed). Small nicks and tears
along the edges (three one inch tears along the left edge
and two on the top edge - - all well outside the
Platemark). Some tears expertly repaired. All these can
be easily covered with matting. The image area is
exceptionally clean with bright original colors on the birds
and the background. Birds
collected by Audubon in 1828 in Newfoundland (Low).
An early plate, engraved by W. H. Lizars and printed and
colored by Robert Havell. $1,700. Shipping cost $75
85: Yellow Throat Warbler
beautiful Hand-colored engraving with aquatint and etching by R.
Havell, Jr. Full sheet dimensions 36" X 25 7/16" with the
"J. Whatman 1830" watermark.
Audubon painted this male bird perched on the branch of a
Chinquapin Tree in 1821 at the Oakley Plantation, Louisiana (Low).
The entire image area enclosed by the Platemark is in Excellent
condition with beautiful original colors (see Pics). A
faint unobtrusive five inch flaw in the paper (like a ridge) outside
the plate mark, on the left side (see Pic). Outside the plate mark
area the following conditions are noted (see Pics): occasional
waviness, very faint barely noticeable coloration from previous
matting, a light handling crease lower right, and faint stains in
lower corner areas. All these are easily matted out (or treated by
a conservationist). Price: $4500 SOLD
Plate 89 : Nashville Warbler,
Hand-colored engraving with aquatint and
etching with a partial J Whatman watermark along the top right edge.
Sheet size 24 7/8" X 17". Two tears along the top edge, and minor
unobtrusive white coloration at lower left corner area (mostly
outside the plate mark). Exceptional original colors.
119: Yellow-throated Vireo:
Aquatint engraving by Robert Havell. Sheet
Dimensions 36 5/8" X 24 7/8" with
"J . Whatman 1831" watermark.
The image area is bright and clean. A faint unobtrusive fox
mark in the upper left, to the right side of No.24. Slight browning
along the edges. Binding marks along the left edge.
The Audubon painting depicts a male bird perched on the
branch of an Oak-leaved Hydrangea reaching for the wasp.
Painted by Audubon in 1821 at the Oakley Plantation in
Louisiana (Low) Price : $4,275.
Shipping cost $150
Plate 174: Olive sided
A beautiful Hand-colored
engraving with aquatint and etching by Robert Havell. Full Sheet
Dimensions 38" X 25 1/16" with "J
. Whatman / Turkey Mill / 1833" watermark. Normal
age toning, some very faint discoloration from previous matting (see
Pic), two 1" tears at the top edge and a 1" tear right edge,
unobtrusive creases in the middle (see Pics), binding marks left
edge, and occasional foxing. They
are all easily repaired by an art conservationist.
The image with nice details and colors shows the
Male and Female birds on a Balsam Fir. Birds collected by Audubon
outside Boston in August, 1832 and painted shortly there after
(Susanne Low). Shipping cost $150
189: Snow Bunting
Hand-colored engraving with aquatint and etching by Robert Havell.
Sheet Dimensions 25 3/8" X 18 15/16" with
"J . Whatman 1834" watermark
(note: right half of letter m, letters an, and the bottom 2/3rd of
1834 have been trimmed. The year is below J. Whatman). General
age toning, some browning along the four edges with some coloration
at the bottom edge, occasional non-obtrusive fox marks, a 1/4" tear
along the top edge, some faint coloration verso.
Painted by Audubon in Boston in 1833 (Low)
Plate 304 Turn-stone
engraving with aquatint and etching with a J Whatman 1836 watermark.
From Audubon's Birds of America. Sheet size 38 1/2" X 25 1/4".
Unobtrusive handling creases. A couple of very minor tear repairs
along the left and top edges. Exceptional original colors. Audubon
painted these birds in Philadelphia in May 1824 using specimens he
collected near Camden, NJ.
Plate 350: Rocky Mountain Plover
Aquatint engraving by Robert Havell. Dimensions 38 7/8" X
25 7/8" with "J. Whatman 1836" watermark. A
very faint offset outside the image area from the following
plate in the bound volume (Cinereous Owl) which further adds to
the authentication of this plate as an original. Otherwise Very
Good condition with nice colors and beautiful mountain scenery.
$2,800 Shipping cost $150
Plate 370: American Water Ouzel
Aquatint engraving by Robert Havell. Sheet Dimensions
38 15/16" X 25 7/8" with the watermark " J.
Whatman 1837". The image area is in
Excellent Condition, with a beautiful American West background
scenery, and very sharp details and bright colors on the birds
and on the forground scenery with the water falls. This plate
came from a bound volume, and there is a very very faint offset
image of the adjoining plate (Cock of the Plains) barely visible
outside the image area of the Water Ouzel (see the Pic).
Price : $3,275 Shipping cost $150
Plate 420: Prairie Starling
Aquatint engraving by Robert Havell. Dimensions 37 7/8" X 22
7/8" with "J. Whatman 1838" watermark.
Excellent condition. Very nice colors on the birds, leaves and
the branches. $3,000 Shipping
Plate 434: Flycatchers and Vireo:
Aquatint engraving by Robert Havell. Dimensions 37
1/8" X 23 1/8" with "J. Whatman Turkey Mill
watermark (note: the year and the lower half of the letters
in Turkey Mill trimmed). Engraved and colored by Robert
Havell 1838. Small nicks and tears bottom
border and upper right edge, extremely light mottled toning
of the paper (see Pic)
portions of bottom corner tips missing. The print was
deacidified by a conservationist and is in Excellent
condition with bright colors.
$3,500 Shipping cost $150
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