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Audubon's First Engraved Illustration Discovered

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  • robert-blau@webtv.net
    Audubon s First Engraved Illustration Discovered For more than half a century, scholars and biographers of famed bird artist and ornithologist John James
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 8, 2010
      Audubon's First Engraved Illustration Discovered

      For more than half a century, scholars and biographers of famed bird
      artist and ornithologist John James Audubon had been stumped.In an 1824
      diary entry, the young French immigrant, who lived for several years at
      Mill Grove in Montgomery County, mentioned that he had given a drawing
      of a running grouse to a Philadelphia engraver for use on a New Jersey
      banknote. It would have been a key moment--the first published
      illustration for the struggling artist, then 29 years old.

      But if so, where was it? Nobody could find it. And as time went by, many
      began to dismiss the story as a typical Audubon exaggeration. But Robert
      Peck, curator of art and artifacts at the Academy of Natural Sciences,
      decided to give it one last try. What he and Eric Newman, a numismatic
      historian from St. Louis, found has rocked the world of Audubon
      scholars, who are calling their discovery "a eureka moment."

      Read more:
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