Audubon Print I

John James Audubon

The artwork created by John James Audubon represents the finest natural history illustrations ever made. His art is elegant and inspiring.

Although common, these prints eloquently represent the grace of Audubon’s work. I encountered these at an estate sale in Phoenix a few years ago. I initially purchased them because I loved the frames which, as you can see, are solid burl. The two had been hanging on a wall for a very long time, something I noticed as I took them off the hooks and encountered think layers of cobwebs.

Once I had them, however, I noticed the certificates of authenticity on the back. I realized these were first editions, hand-painted prints from the 1840’s. Although not wildly valuable, these prints are worth much more that what I had paid for nice frames.