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Audubon's Aviary: Portraits of Endangered Species at the New-York Historical Society

- In the Galleries: Arts and Education

Audubonís Aviary:
Portraits of Endangered Species

Audubon Watercolors
(Audubon Website)
February 8, 2008 Ė March 16, 2008
At the
New-York Historical Society
www.nyhistory.org
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
212.873.3400 as
Press: Marisa Wayne
Rubenstein Communications, Inc.


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 6, 2008


(See a Review of Audubonís Natural Selection )

(Text assisted by Society program notes).
Audubonís Aviary: Portraits of Endangered Species, is the fourth of five annual Audubon watercolor exhibitions, deriving from the 435 ďpreparatory watercolorsĒ in Audubonís The Birds of America, 1827-38. Every year, about 40 different watercolors are exhibited by New-York Historical Society. The current selection showcases some species that are now extinct, some that are now endangered, and some that are now reviving in numbers. Each exquisite watercolor has an accompanying text explanation about Audubonís interest in the environment and the story of the illustrated species of bird, such as the Yellow Warbler and the American Redstart.

The Historical Society, in conjunction with this exhibit, is also offering gallery tours and Central Park bird walks. Visit www.nyhistory.org for more information on current and future events.



John James Audubon (1785-1851)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis), Havell plate no. 33, 1824
Watercolor, graphite, black ink, gouache, pastel, glazing on paper,
laid on thin board; 18 9/16 x 11 3/4 inches
Purchased for the Society by public subscription
from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.33



John James Audubon (1785-1851) with Joseph Mason (1808-1842)
Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia), Havell plate no. 35, 1821
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, charcoal, gouache, selective glazing on paper,
laid on thin board; 18 7/8 x 11 3/4 inches
Purchased for the Society by public subscription
from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.35


John James Audubon (1785-1851) with Joseph Mason (1808-1842)
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla), Havell plate no. 40, 1821
Watercolor, graphite, black and brown ink, gouache, pastel, glazing on paper,
laid on thin board; 18 15/16 x 11 11/16 inches
Purchased for the Society by public subscription
from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.40





For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net