Plate XVIII Lepus Palustris. Bachman"
John James Audubon, although best known for his magnificent bird books, also studied and documented North American animals. His goal was to draw and describe every known North American quadruped. He worked with both of his talented sons, John Woodhouse and Victor Audubon, as well as his dear colleague the Reverend John Bachman. In the summer of 1843 Audubon embarked on what was to be his final drawing expedition up the Missouri River, traveling through much of the American territory recently explored by Lewis and Clark, gathering information and making drawings. These drawings would later be translated into hand colored lithographs by J. T. Bowen of Philadelphia, creating the largest successful color plate book project of 19th century America. The volume, entitled The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, took the family five years to complete. It was a comprehensive work containing one hundred and fifty plates issued in thirty parts. There were approximately three hundred subscribers.
It is said that the Audubons used a single hair brush to create the astonishingly convincing and detailed fur of the smaller mammals such as these rabbits.
Lithograph colored by hand by J. T. Bowen, Philadelphia.
Imperial folio (sheet size 21 3/4 x 27 7/8 inches).
Framed to museum specifications.
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