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.


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