other creatures. While taking various
jobs;over;the;years,;he;continued;study-ing birds and collecting specimens. His
future;work,;Birds of America,;became
to paint one page each day. He learned
a new painting technique in the process
and repainted works that he thought
were inferior. While his wife brought
art;lessons,;drew;portraits,;and;took;les-sons in oil painting from other artists.
delphia to find a publisher for his bird
ings. His work was met with much enthu-
siasm in England and he raised enough
money to start publishing his monu-
mental;work,;Birds of America. This book
represented over 700 North American
bird species and consisted of 435 hand-
made from engraved copper plates and
printed on sheets approximately 39 by 26
inches. Only 120 complete sets of the 3½
foot tall book with hand-colored life-size
107 of them are owned by libraries and
Audubon’s method for drawing and
tion using wires to hold them in place.
He did not stuff the bird or work from
specimens in a rigid state.
bird’s natural habitat. All species were
drawn life size.
the feathers. Used multiple layers of
watercolor and sometimes gouache.
which make identification accessible to the average person.