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Toledo Museum of Art Displays Historical Bird Prints by ‘Father of American Ornithology’

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1. Plate 29- Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Pileated WoodpeckerAlexander Wilson (American, born Scotland, 1766–1813), Plate 36: Bald Eagle, from American Ornithology; or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States, vol. 4. Hand-colored etching and engraving with letterpress, 1811. 10 3/8 x 13 ¾ in. (26.4 x 35 cm). Toledo Museum of Art, Mrs. George W. Stevens Fund, 2014.15d

Alexander Wilson (American, born Scotland, 1766–1813), Plate 44: Passenger Pigeon, “Blue-mountain Warbler,” Blackburnian Warbler, from American Ornithology; or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States, vol. 5. Hand-colored etching and engraving with letterpress, 1812. 10 3/8 x 13 ¾ in. (26.4 x 35 cm). Toledo Museum Alexander Wilson (American, born Scotland, 1766–1813), Plate 50: Great-Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Meadow Vole, Red Bat, “Small-headed Flycatcher,” Northern Hawk Owl, from American Ornithology; or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States, vol. 6. Hand-colored etching and engraving with letterpress, 1812. 13 ¾ x 10 3/8 in. (35 x 26.4 cm). Toledo Museum of Art, Mrs. George W. Stevens Fund, 2014.15f

Alexander Wilson (American, born Scotland, 1766–1813), Plate 64: Tricolored Heron, Oystercatcher, Whooping Crane, Long-billed Curlew, from American Ornithology; or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States, vol. 8. Hand-colored etching and engraving with letterpress, 1814. 13 ¾ x 10 3/8 in. (35 x 26.4 cm). Toledo Museum of Art, Mrs. George W. Stevens Fund, 2014.15hAlexander Wilson (American, born Scotland, 1766–1813), Plate 66: Wood Stork, Scarlet Ibis, Flamingo, White Ibis, from American Ornithology; or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States, vol. 8. Hand-colored etching and engraving with letterpress, 1814. 10 3/8 x 13 ¾ in. (26.4 x 35 cm). Toledo Museum of Art, Mrs. George W. Stevens Fund, 2014.15h

Alexander Wilson (American, born Scotland, 1766–1813), Plate 73: American Coot, Common Gallinule/Moorhen, Wilson’s Phalarope, Red Phalarope, Wilson’s Plover, from American Ornithology; or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States, vol. 9. Hand-colored etching and engraving with letterpress, 1814. 13 ¾ x 10 3/8 in. (35 x 26.4 cm). Toledo Museum of Art, Mrs. George W. Stevens Fund, 2014.15iJohn James Audubon (American, 1785–1851), Plate 62: The Passenger Pigeon, from Birds of America. Hand-colored etching with aquatint, 1829. 30 3/16 x 26 1/8 in. (76.6 x 66.4 cm). Toledo Museum of Art, Museum Purchase, 1921.112

 

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