You Can Now Download Free High-Resolution Prints of John J. Audubon’s “Birds of America”
by Owen James Burke
White Heron (Ardea alba). Image: The National Audubon Society.
My parents had John J. Audubon prints hanging in our house while I was growing up, and while I didn’t bother to read much in those days–that is, not even so much as to know who’d painted them–I was always enamored by the delicate brushstrokes he took to detail the feathers of his subjects. I used to press my nose up against the glass frame just to try to get a better understanding of how he formed these masterful portraits.
This week, The National Audubon Society published a full gallery of high-res, interactive and even downloadable prints of his hand-engraved plates from the artist and naturalist’s series Birds of America.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea). Image: The National Audubon Society.
American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber). Image: The National Audubon Society.
Head over to The National Audubon Society where you can choose from hundreds of plates to download.