Glossy Ibis

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

This limited edition print of the Glossy Ibis (Plate CCLXXXVII) by John James Audubon, painted in Charleston in 1836, is printed on premium pure cotton paper. Audubon saw the Glossy Ibis only once, when he obtained a specimen near St. Augustine on January 16, 1832. The original upon which the plate is based, however, was done in Charleston during the Winter of 1836-1837.

Audubon wrote, “I have given the figure of a male bird in superb plumage, procured in Florida near a wood-cutter's cabin, a view of which is also given.” This print beautifully presents the Glossy Ibis while also showing a glimpse into the past with a wonderfully detailed cabin and the bird's costal habitat.

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: 1836

TITLE: Glossy Ibis, Plegadis Falcinellus

IMAGE SIZE:  22 ½ x 32 5/8 in. (57.15 x 81.28 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