1834, American History Museum
An amateur naturalist's unparalleled artworks still inspire conservationists and collectors alike
Author David Sibley writes in our 101 Objects Special Issue:
As a young man John James Audubon was obsessed with birds, and he had a vision for a completely different kind of book. He would paint birds as he saw them in the wild “alive and moving,” and paint every species actual size. His friends were skeptical, but Audubon, a man of “indomitable energy and perseverance,” the naturalist John Burroughs said, succeeded magnificently.
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