Snowy Heron

Unframed: $500
Framed: $750

By John James Audubon

This limited edition print of Snowy Heron (PlateCCXLII) by John James Audubon, is printed on premium pure cotton paper.  Audubon writes how the Snowy Heron frequents Charleston, South Carolina during the summer: “While I was at Charleston, in March 1831, few had arrived from the Floridas by the 18th of that month, but on the 25th thousands were seen in the marshes and rice-fields, all in full plumage.”

In the early Spring of 1832, Audubon and his assistant George Lehman again visited Charleston, staying in Dr. Bachman's home. The Rev. John Bachman, founder of Newberry College, was also an accomplished naturalist who developed a deep friendship with John James Audubon.  Together they wrote and illustrated Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, a monumental scientific publication about mammals.

On March 25, Audubon recorded seeing thousands of snowy herons in the marshes and rice fields. Audubon probably painted this specimen at that time, and Lehman added the background view of a low country plantation.

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: 1832

TITLE: Snowy Heron, Egreta Tula

IMAGE SIZE:  29 ¼ x 21 ¼ in. (74.30 x 53.97 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