John James Audubon
American, born Haiti,
Robert Havell, Jr.
American, born England,
From the portfolio, The Birds of America, Drawings Made in the United States and their Territories
North America, American
34 in. x 22 7/8 in. (86.36 cm x 58.1 cm)
Medium and Support:
Engraving with etching, aquatint, and hand coloring on paper
Gift of the Weil Print Endowment in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr.
The 435 plates of the "Birds of America" double-elephant portfolio are unprecedented and unsurpassed among ornithological publications, each print capturing the character of its subject—as well as the bird’s natural habitat—with great fidelity while imbuing it with vitality and the distinctive personality of the species. Audubon’s typical depiction of males and females, dorsal and ventral views as well as profiles, and Havell’s delicately nuanced tones and colors are nowhere seen to better effect than in the "Black-Bellied Darter" (Plotus Anhinga), better known as the Snake-bird.