Carolina Parakeet

Unframed: $500
Framed: $750
By John James Audubon

This limited edition print of Carolina Parakeet (Plate XXVI) by John James Audubon, is printed on premium pure cotton paper.

In about 1825 naturalist and artist John James Audubon collected and painted seven Carolina parakeets feeding in one of their favorite plants, a cocklebur. A parakeet, he said, “alights upon it, plucks the bur from the stem with its bill, takes it from the latter with one foot, in which it turns it over until the joint is properly placed to meet the attacks of the bill, when it bursts it open, takes out the fruit, and allows the shell to drop.”

Audubon also wrote of these handsome grackle-sized green, yellow and orange birds: “The woods are the habitation best fitted for them, and there the richness of their plumage, their beautiful mode of flight, and even their screams, afford welcome intimation that our darkest forests and most sequestered swamps are not destitute of their charms.”

The print beautifully captures the now extinct, only native North American parrot. The Carolina Parakeet was abundant during Audubon's time, and they were extinct by 1905 due to loss of habitat and farmers protecting crops from voracious flocks.

Robert Havell, was the principal engraver of Audubon's Birds of America, the most significant natural history publication of all time.  Havell’s aquatint engraving of all but the first ten plates of John James Audubon's Birds of America is recognized as a significant artistic achievement in its own right and an essential component of the success of Birds of America. Havell and Audubon became close friends and associates during their lengthy collaboration.

ARTIST:  John James Audubon (1785-1851)

PRINTER: Robert Havell Jr. (1793-1878)

YEAR: 1825

TITLE: Carolina Parakeet 

IMAGE SIZE:  39 ¼ x 26 ¼ in. (99.70 x 66.70 cm.)

FRAMED SIZE: 40 x 30 1/4 in. (101.6 x 76.84 cm.)

PAPER: Hahnemühle Photo Rag (pure cotton)

MEDIUM: Giclee, Works on Paper