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Blue Jay. Corvus Cristatus

Series/Portfolio:
Birds of America, plate CII [102]
Etcher:
Robert Havell Jr. (American (born England), Reading 1793–1878 Tarrytown, New York)
Artist:
After John James Audubon (American (born Haiti), Les Cayes (Saint-Domingue) 1785–1851 New York)
Date:
1831
Medium:
Printing plate: etching and aquatint on copper, nickel plated and filled with brass paint
Dimensions:
plate: 26 7/16 x 21 1/16 in. (67.2 x 53.5 cm)
Classification:
Plates
Credit Line:
Gift of Alonzo P. Boardman, 1961
Accession Number:
61.679.1
Not on view
This etched copper printing plate comes from a group of 435, begun in Edinburgh by William Home Lizars in the fall of 1826 and completed in London by Robert Havell, Jr. by June 20, 1838. Audubon had them shipped to America in 1839, stored in a New York City warehouse, then moved to a vault on his property in Upper Manhattan by 1852. After the artist's death, the plates eventually became the property of a mining and metal business, Phelps, Dodge & Co., and this example was later owned by Alonzo Plumb Boardman, Sr., of Augusta, Georgia, who gave it to the Museum in 1961.
Inscription: Engraved text (in reverse), below image: "Drawn by J. J. Audubon F,R,S. F,L,S / Blue Jay, / Corvus Cristatus. Male.1 Female 2.3 / Engraved printed, & coloured by R. Havell."
Engraved text (in reverse), upper left: "Plate CCII" / upper right: "No. 21"
John James Audubon (American (born Haiti), Les Cayes (Saint-Domingue) 1785–1851 New York); Lucy Audubon (American, 1788–1874); Phelps, Dodge and Company; Alonzo Plumb Boardman Sr. (American, 1894–1972); Donor: Alonzo Plumb Boardman Sr. (American, 1894–1972)
Ruthven Deane "The Copper Plates of the Folio Edition of Audubon's "Birds of America" with a Brief Sketch of the Engravers" The Auk: A Quarterly Journal of Ornithology. Vol. 25, no. 4, October 1908, pp. 401-13.



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