After the publication of The Birds of America, JJA and his wife Lucy lived at Minnie’s Land―their estate on the Hudson River between West 155th and 158th streets in New York City. They continued showing his spectacular avian watercolors—the touchstone of their life together and the legacy of their family—to frequent visitors. Today, their remains are interred together in nearby Trinity Cemetery. The biography of the “American woodsman,” the self-made man who became first an American citizen, then a celebrity, and finally a legend in his own time, is a quintessential American success story. Audubon’s passion for birds that engendered The Birds of America has ensured his immortality, and his watercolors portraying them have earned him a place in the Pantheon of the world’s greatest artists. His profound, poetic avian illustrations continue to delight millions of people and sing about the natural beauties of the early American landscape.
Audubon’s Aviary: Part I and Part II of The Complete Flock
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Letter from Lucy Audubon (New York, New York) to Frederic De Peyster (New York, New York), February 13, 1863
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Museum StoreWritten by Roberta J.M. Olson with a contribution by Marjorie Shelley, Audubon’s Aviary: The Original Watercolors for the Birds of America returns to these original paintings and tells the story behind this monumental classic with new discoveries about this American icon. Audubon’s Aviary was awarded the 2013 Association of Art Museum Curators Outstanding Permanent Collection Catalogue Prize, as well as the Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogs of Distinction in the Arts, the New York State Historical Association, 2013. It was also selected as one of Amazon.com’s 2012 Best Books of the Year and the 2013 New York Book Show Award winner in the category of Fine Art.