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Common American Wild Cat

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Common American Wild Cat

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

Lithographer: John T. Bowen (1801 - 1856)

Date: 1842
Medium: lithograph on paper, hand-colored
20 1/4 × 24 1/2 inches (51.4 × 62.2 cm)
Frame: 28 1/2 × 33 1/2 × 3/4 inches (72.4 × 85.1 × 1.9 cm)
Classification: Prints
Inscribed: No. 1. (upper left); PLATE I. (upper right); Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon, F.R.S.F.L.S. (lower left); LYNX RUFUS, GUILDENSTAED./ COMMON AMERICAN WILD CAT. (lower center); Lithd. Printed & Cold. by J.T. Bowen, Phila. 1842. (lower right)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 2001
Object number:
Accession Number: 2001.2.1.B
Previous Number: 91.100.216.B
Label Text:Audubon chose the wildcat, or bobcat as it is called today, as the first print in his "Quadrupeds". He portrayed a large animal, with its teeth bared, looking directly at the viewer. The body is gracefully crouched.
Provenance: Charles Yale Bookseller, Pasadena, California; gifted c. 1944 to Mr. and Mrs. Howard L. Weigers (Professor Emeritus University of Nebraska-Lincoln as of September 1, 2001); purchased May 22, 2001 through (Anderson O'Brian Fine Art Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska) by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
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