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American Bison or Buffalo

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American Bison or Buffalo

Artist: John James Audubon (American, 1785 - 1851)

Lithographer: John T. Bowen (1801 - 1856)

Date: 1845
Medium: lithograph on paper, hand-colored
Dimensions:
Imperial: 21 5/8 × 26 7/8 inches (54.9 × 68.3 cm)
Frame: 30 1/2 × 35 3/4 × 1 inches (77.5 × 90.8 × 2.5 cm)
Classification: Prints
Inscribed: No. 12. (upper lefr); PLATE LVI (upper right); Lithd. Printed & Cold. by J.T. Bowne. Philada. 1845. (lower right); BOS AMERICANUS, GMEL / AMERICAN BISON OR BUFFALO. / 1 / 7 Natural Size / Male, (lower center); Drawn from Nauture by J.J. Audubon, F.R.S.F.L.S (lower left)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1974
Object number: 91.100.201
Accession Number: 1974.1.14
Label Text:The bison is now the national mammal of the United States. Congress approved a bill to designate the honor. President Obama signed it into law on May 9, 2016. The act notes “the historical, cultural, and economic significance of the North American bison.” Artists have celebrated the bison. John James Audubon portrayed “this noble animal.” His text declared that it was decidedly the most important four-legged animal.
Provenance: Taylor Clark, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; purchased June 30, 1974 by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Western Classics: Highlights from the Collection
  • Drawn to Life: Audubon's Legacy