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Robert Havell Junior
Dates: British, 1793 - 1878
Biographical Account:

Havell was the son of Robert Havell (senior), a printer, engraver and print shop owner whom John James Audubon commissioned to create the illustrations for his book ‘Birds of America’. Havell (junior) had become estranged from his father, wanting a career in art and painting rather than engraving and printing, but on his father’s commission in 1827, he re-joined his father’s workshop to carry out the engraving for the plates of ‘Birds of America’ whilst his father supervised the printing and colouring until his retirement a year later. Today, the plates Havell created are amongst the most celebrated natural history plates ever produced.


At Audubon’s suggestion, Havell moved to America in the late 1830s, where he continued to engrave cityscapes and river landscapes. He was a member of the Hudson River School, a group of New York-based artists who specialised in landscape painting.

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