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John James Audubon
Dates: American, 1785 - 1851
Biographical Account:

Audubon was a naturalist and is famous for his illustrations of birds. He was born on a sugar plantation in Haiti in 1785. As a child, Audubon’s father took him on bird watching expeditions and these trips shaped Audubon’s future life as an illustrator of birds and their habitats.

 

Audubon spent most of his adult life travelling in America and studying birds. His aim was to produce a definitive book of American ornithology (or birds) and illustrate it with a high degree of accuracy and beauty.  He therefore made watercolour illustrations of birds and their natural habitats and took this portfolio to England in 1826. Here, he gained enough subscribers to publish his great seven-volume work, Birds of America, which he published in sections between 1827 and 1839.

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