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Spare the Birds!George Bird Grinnell and the First Audubon Society$
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Carolyn Merchant

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215458

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215458.001.0001

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Audubonian Sketches

Audubonian Sketches

From The Audubon Magazine 1, no. 12 (Jan. 1888); and The Audubon Magazine 2, no. 1 (Feb. 1888)

(p.105) Chapter Seven Audubonian Sketches
Spare the Birds!

R[obert] W. Shufeldt

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This chapter reproduces Robert W. Shufeldt's (1850–1934) description of Audubon's early drawings in The Audubon Magazine (volume 1, issue 12 [January 1887] and volume 2, issue 1 [February 1888]). It first presents some commentary and reproductions of Audubon's self-portrait, as well as his drawings of a magpie, a coot, and a woodpecker. Shufeldt remarks on the evolution of Audubon's art through these pieces, and provides some correspondence which give further background to Audubon's artwork. In the second article Shufeldt discusses further such “Audubonian relics” that has come into his possession, at the same time remarking on the life and character of Audubon as is revealed through these relics, through the biography penned by Lucy and various other writings pertaining to Audubon. The chapter ends with some reflections on how Audubon would regard the ornithological climate of the time.

Keywords:   early drawings, artwork, John James Audubon, Robert W. Shufeldt, The Audubon Magazine, The Auk

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