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Prints: Audubon's Folio Birds
Reproductions

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PL 251 Brown Pelican. The state bird of Louisiana, the Brown Pelican can be found throughout southern and western coastal areas. Audubon probably painted this image of a breeding adult in the Florida Keys.

There is nothing in the world like an original print for beauty and historical interest.  But for those who want beautiful examples of Audubon's art at affordable prices, facsimile and reproduction editions are a realistic alternative. The prints featured on this page do not include all of Audubon's work. With enough lead time, I can get almost any Audubon bird print you might want. Whether you want Giclees or offset prints, limited or open edition, reduced or full size or larger than full size, I am knowledgeable about the options available for high-quality and affordable Audubon bird reproductions. Prints can even be customized to your specifications. Please call 703-823-7436 to discuss your order.

Facsimile prints are full-size on paper approximately 39 x 26 inches and image areas (meaning the art and the writing that surrounds it) typically in one of three sizes. LARGE images are usually around 38 x 25 inches (with the image taking up most of the paper), MEDIUM images are usually 25 x 20 inches (with a moderate margin surrounding the image), and SMALL images are usually around 19 x 12 inches (with a large margin surrounding the image).

Most of the reproductions I sell are facsimiles, although Princeton offers a small selection of beautiful and reduced-size images in their Essex Edition. Princeton DEF and Princeton Essex are shown first, then Rare-Prints Edition giclées are highlighted. These are followed by facsimiles from the New-York Historical Society collection of Audubon's bird watercolors (the original art that was the basis of Audubon's bird prints). Click small images below for larger photos.

PRICES AND AVAILABILITY ACCURATE TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE, BUT SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

Princeton DEF and Essex Editions

Princeton Audubon is well know for their direct-camera facsimile prints of the originals from Audubon's Birds of America.  True fine art lithographs and not digital representations or copies of photographs, Princeton's Double-Elephant-sized prints offer Audubon's art in the exact size and format that he himself preferred. Princeton's Double Elephant Folio (or DEF) prints are issued in limited editions of 500 or 1500 prints, several of which are now sold out.  All of the Princeton Double Elephant Folio prints are numbered and have a seal in the bottom margin to demonstrate their authenticity. For those who love the art, but do not have the wall space or budget for these large prints, Princeton also offers a reduced-size line -- the Essex Edition -- which includes some popular waterbird prints. DEF prints with special pricing are listed below the regular DEF prints, and the Essex prints are listed below the specials.

Princeton Double Elephant Folio Edition

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A collage of some of the images in
Princeton's Double Elephant Folio Edition

Princeton Double Elephant Edition prints are facsimiles of Audubon's original Havell Edition prints. They are printed on paper measuring 39-1/4 x 26-1/4 inches, a size typical of a Havell Edition print trimmed only of its binding edge. The paper is a very heavy 80 lb. cover stock and toned to match the average color of the original Havells. Printed on a 300 line, even a trained eye cannot discern the printed dot pattern without the aid of magnification. Thus a Princeton comes as close as  possible to giving you the overall look of an orginal Havell print -- not just the look of the image, but the look of the print as a whole.

Princeton Double Elephant Folio facsimiles were produced directly from the original Audubon/Havell antique engravings. Princeton purchased originals and brought them into their printing plant. The originals were mounted before a giant bellows process camera, using film the same size as the original.  Thus the exact images were captured on the film. The images were then transferred to mechanical printing plates. The direct-camera process eliminates two steps, reduction and enlargement, typical of other Audubon offset reproductions, steps that result in distortions. Princeton's process thus provides the most accurate of reproductions. Edition size is 1500 unless otherwise noted.

To purchase Princeton Double Elephant Folio prints, call 703-823-7436.

Reproduction

PL 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo $350

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PL 32 Black-billed Cuckoo $350

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PL 5 Bonaparte Flycatcher $350

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PL 12 Baltimore Oriole $800

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PL 15 Blue Yellow-backed Warbler $350

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PL 17 Carolina Turtle Dove $850

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PL 26 Carolina Parrot $1200

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PL 30 Vigors's Warbler $300

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PL 33 American Goldfinch $400

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PL 47 Ruby-throated Hummingbird $1200

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PL 56 Red-shouldered Hawk $800

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PL 73 Wood Thrush $250

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PL 78 Great Carolina Wren $500

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PL 83 House Wren $350

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PL 96 Columbia Jay $600

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PL 121 Snowy Owl $1200

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PL 123 Black & Yellow Warbler $400

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PL 137 Yellow-breasted Chat $350

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PL 139 Field Sparrow $350

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PL 177 White-crowned Pigeon $800

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PL 186 Pinnated Grouse $800

Long-billed curlew

PL 231 Long-billed Curlew (giclée, edition of 500) $1200. SOLD OUT

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PL 206 Summer or Wood Duck $800

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PL 242 Snowy Heron $800

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PL 251 Brown Pelican $1200

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PL 256 Purple Heron $1200

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PL 305 Purple Gallinule $350

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PL 307 Blue Crane $800

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PL 317 Black or Surf Duck $375

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PL 311 American White Pelican $1200

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PL 367 Band-tailed Pigeon $375

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PL 425 Columbian Hummingbird $450

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PL 232 Hooded Merganser $400

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PL 328 Long-legged Avocet $350

original Havell

PL 431 American Flamingo $1200

original Havell

PL 111 Pileated Woodpecker $1200

 

Princeton Double Elephant Folio Specials

Want the entire collection of Princeton Double Elephant Folio prints? Call for special pricing.

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Princeton Essex Edition

Princeton has a new line of limited edition Audubon natural history prints, the Princeton Essex Edition. Using specially-made fade-proof inks pressed upon the absolute finest of all paper, 110 lb. Essex, Princeton took the unusual step of highlighting the paper in the name of the edition. Somewhat reduced in size from Princeton's Double Elephant Folio prints, the Essex Edition provides a high-quality alternative for those who do not have space for full-sized versions of Audubon's work. Prints measure 19 x 23 inches for horizontal images and 17-1/2 x 26 inches for vertical. As with the larger prints, the Essex Edition is faithfully created directly from originals, either from Princeton's private collection or from originals in the collection of the New-York Historical Society. The first four images (Louisiana Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Great Blue Heron, and Whooping Crane) are now available and can be purchased below.  Each was professionally captured from the originals and then carefully matched during the production process against these originals to ensure accuracy.

All Princeton Essex Edition prints will be issued in limited numbers.  Some are in editions of 2,500, others in editions of 1000 or 500, and some in very small editions of 50.  They will not be embossed with the Princeton seal, but will be unobtrusively  pencil-numbered along the lower left-hand edge of the image. Please call 703-823-7436 to purchase.

Louisiana Heron

PL 217 Louisiana Heron. Edition of 2500,
measures 23 X 19 inches. $250


Roseate Spoonbill

PL 321 Roseate Spoonbill. Edition of 2500,
measures 23 X 19 inches. $250

Great Blue Heron

PL 211 Great Blue Heron. Edition of 1000,
measures 26 X 17-1/2 inches. $250

Hooping Crane

 PL 226 Hooping Crane. Edition of 1000,
measures 26 X 17-1/2 inches. $250

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Rare-prints Giclée Edition

original Havell

PL 321 Roseate Spoonbill.
Limited to 500 prints. $1200. 

 

Our Rare-prints Giclées are made from high resolution digital images of the original prints, photographed by one of the best art photographers in the Southwest.  These giclée prints are exact-size facsimiles of the originals, and are printed on 330-gram Somerset Velvet paper with beautiful deckle edges. 

 

original Havell

PL 201 Canada Goose. $900.

 

Edition size is 1500 unless a smaller edition is indicated. Prices vary based on the image, and currently range from $400 to $1800. New images are being added regularly to this expanding line.  Also available from Rare-prints, animals prints from Audubon's Imperial Folio.

 

Please call 703-823-7436 to purchase.

Reproduction

PL 211 Great Blue Heron. Limited to 500 prints. $1800.

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PL 366 Iceland or Gyr Falcon. Limited to 500 prints. $1200

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PL 336 Whooping Crane. Limited to 500 prints. $1500. 

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PL 1 Wild Turkey-Male. $900.

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PL 81 Fish Hawk or Osprey. $900.

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PL 336 Yellow-crowned Heron. $600. 

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PL 26 Carolina Parrot. $600.

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PL 21 Mocking Bird.  $500.

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PL 17 Carolina Turtle Dove. $500

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PL 46  Barred Owl. $500.

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PL 87  Florida Jay. $500. 

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PL 162 Zenaida Dove.  $500

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PL 236 Night Heron. $600. 

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PL 371 Great Northern Diver or Loon. $600. 

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PL 6 Wild Turkey (Female and Young). $600. 

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PL 76 Virginian Partridge.  $600. 

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PL 221 Mallard Duck.  $600. 

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PL 418 American Ptarmigan.   $400. 

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PL 401 Red-breasted Merganser. $500

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PL 331 Goosander. $500.

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PL 371 Cock-of-the-Plains. $400

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PL 322 Red-headed Duck. $400

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New-York Historical Society Audubon Watercolors

The original Audubon paintings are among the most important works of art created in 19th century America. They were acquired directly by the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) from Lucy Audubon (John James' widow) in 1863. In 2006 the N-YHS licensed the 50 "best" Audubon watercolors for reproduction as limited edition Giclée prints, with the agreement that the watercolors would not be reproduced again for a miminimum of seventy-five years. This exclusive arrangement assures collectors of the rarity of this edition. The line has now been expanded to include ALL Audubon bird paintings in the collection, a choice of almost 500 images, each in the exact size of the original painting. There is a strict limitation of 200 copies of each image. Prices begin at $900. Space prevents showing anything but a very small sample of prints, but if you are interested in a specific painting (or the painting for a specific print), please contact me for an image, size information, and price. Click the small photos for larger images. Plate numbers that include an "A" were not used as part of The Birds of America.

SAMPLE SELECTION OF AUDUBON'S BIRD WATERCOLORS
Image Title and Paper Size Price
Wild Turkey Male

PL 1 Wild Turkey, Male - 39 1/4 x 26 1/4 inches

This Wild Turkey was originally painted by John James Audubon at Beechwoods Plantation, Feliciana Parish, Louisiana 1825. When compared to the Havell engraving, the painted bird measures 40 inches from head to talon while the engraved version measures 36 inches.

$8,500
Wild Turkey Hen)

PL  6 Wild Turkey, Female and Young
25 1/2 x 38 3/4 inches

Painted by John James Audubon in stages beginning in 1820 during a trip up the Mississippi river. Audubon first rendered the hen in pastel. He later added the brood of chicks using watercolors and finally completed the painting by adding a background in oil paint.

$4,500
Carolina Turtle Dove

PL 17 Carolina Turtle Dove - 26 5/8 x 19 inches

Originally painted by John James Audubon circa 1825 in Louisiana, this painting includes a beautiful Silky Stewartia.

$3,200
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PL 21 Mocking Bird - 29 3/4 x 20 7/8 inches

Originally painted by John James Audubon circa 1825. The rattlesnake was copied from an earlier drawing made at Oakley Plantation, Louisiana in 1821.  This painting excited much criticism and controversy because of Audubon's depiction of the rattlesnake.

$3,200
Carolina Parrot

PL 26 Carolina Parrot - 29 3/4 x 21 1/4 inches

Originally painted by Audubon in Louisiana in 1825. Now extinct, the last surviving Carolina Parrot died in 1914 in the Cincinnati Zoological Gardens.

$4,200
Great Egret

PL 30A Great Egret - 37 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches

Originally painted by John James Audubon in New Orleans in 1821. One of Audubon's most beautiful works.This species was ultimately depicted as Havell Plate 386 in a more static, less artistically daring pose.

$13,500
American White Pelican

PL 36A American White Pelican - 25 3/4 x 38 1/2 inches

Originally painted by John James Audubon in 1831 with background by George Lehman. This painting was not used forThe Birds of America ; Audubon used a painting with the bird in profile (see PL 311 below).

$2,800
Ivory-billed Woodpecker

PL 66 Ivory-billed Woodpecker - 38 x 25 inches

Originally painted in Louisiana before 1826, this species long believed to be extinct, although some ornithologists believe a very small population remains.

$3,800
Virginia Partridge

PL 76 Virginia Partridge (Bobwhite Quail)
25 3/4 x 39 1/4 inches

Originally painted by John James Audubon circa 1825. The subject of this painting is the Bobwhite Quail, not the Red-shouldered Hawk.

$3,800
Osprey

PL 81 Osprey - 37 3/4 x 25 1/8 inches

Painted by John James Audubon at Egg Harbor, New Jersey in 1829. The painting documents, in Audubon's own hand, the start time, 11AM Friday and the completion time, Sunday evening.

$5,500
Pileated Woodpecker

PL 111 Pileated Woodpecker - 37 3/4 x 25 1/4 inches

Painted circa 1829 in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania

$3,800
Snowy Owl

PL 121 Snowy Owl - 37 7/8 x 25 5/8 inches

Originally painted on the east coast in 1829, it is one of the few nocturnal scenes found in the "Birds of America".

$5,500
Wood Duck

PL 206 Summer or Wood Duck - 38 1/8 x 25 3/4 inches

Originally painted in Louisiana in 1821, Audubon added the female in the nest to the painting in 1825.

$4,500
Great Blue Heron

PL 211 Great Blue Heron - 36 x 25 3/8 inches

Audubon painted the Great Blue Heron in Louisiana in 1821. The foreground was added with oil paint in London shortly before Havell made the engraving.

$13,500
Louisiana Heron

PL 217 Louisiana Heron - 21 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches

Audubon observed and probably painted the Louisiana Heron in the Florida Keys. The background by George Lehman depicts a scene from that area.

$6,500
Mallard

PL 221 Mallard - 25 5/8 x 38 1/4 inches

Audubon painted these Mallards either in Louisiana or Mississippi between 1821 and 1825. This painting employs gold leaf under the green pigment in the heads of the birds.

$4,500
Long-billed Curlew

PL 231 Long-billed Curlew - 25 x 37 5/8 inches

This painting was executed in 1831 while Audubon was in Charleston, South Carolina. The city of Charleston was painted by George Lehman.

$5,500
Snowy Egret

Pl 242 Snowy Heron - 29 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches

Audubon painted this Egret in 1832 while living in Charleston, South Carolina. George Lehman painted the background. It has been speculated that the hunter pictured in the background is Audubon or perhaps one of his friends.

$8,000
Brown Pelican

PL 251 Brown Pelican - 37 1/2 x 26 1/8 inches

This Pelican was painted by Audubon in the Florida Keys in 1832. The Mangrove upon which it is perched was painted by George Lehman.

$3,500
Reddish Egret

PL 256 - Reddish Egret - 25 1/2 x 37 7/8 inches

Audubon painted these Egrets (with the background) in Florida in 1832.

$4,200
Great White Heron

PL 281 Great White Heron - 25 3/4 x 38 3/8 inches

Painted by Audubon in Key West in 1832. The town was painted by George Lehman, but the sky and water are by Audubon.

$5,500
Northern Diver

Pl 306 Northern Diver - 25 3/8 x 37 inches

Audubon reported that he painted a Loon in 1833 on his expedition to Labrador. It is not known whether this is the Labrador painting or another.

$3,500
Little Blue Heron

Pl 307 Little Blue Heron - 20 3/8 x 28 7/8 inches

Audubon painted the Little Blue Heron in 1831- 32. The view near Charleston, used as the background, was painted by George Lehman.

$5,500
American White Pelican

Pl 311 American White Pelican - 37 x 25 inches

This painting, another version of the White Pelican and the one included in The Birds of America, was probably painted by Audubon in Florida.

$6,500
Roseate Spoonbill

Pl 321 Roseate Spoonbill - 23 1/8 x 35 3/4 inches

The background was painted and loosely sketched in by George Lehman in Florida 1831-1832. Lehman may have supplied Havell with a more finished version separately.

$4,500
Gyrfalcon

Pl 366 Gyrfalcon - 38 1/2 x 25 5/8 inches

Audubon painted these majestic birds in London in 1835 or 1836. He observed and wrote about the Gyr Falcon earlier in 1833 while in Labrador.

$5,500
American Flamingo

PL 431 American Flamingo - 33 1/4 x 24 1/8 inches

Audubon painted this American Flamingo in London in 1838. The specimen was procured in Cuba and shipped to Audubon.

$5,500

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