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Wood Ibis

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

Engraver: Robert Havell Jr. (American, 1793 - 1878)

Date: 1834
Medium: etching and aquatint on paper, hand-colored
Dimensions:
Double elephant: 38 1/4 x 25 1/2 inches (97.2 x 64.8 cm)
Classification: Pages
Inscribed: No. 44. (upper left); PLATE CCXVI (upper right); Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon, F.R.S. F.L.S. (lower left); Wood Ibis, TANTALUS LOCULATOR. (lower center); Engraved, Printed, & Coloured by R. Havell, 1834. (lower right)
Credit Line: Partial Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965 and Partial Gift of Nelda C. Stark, 1973
Object number: 11.1.2.D.61_Wood Ibis
DescriptionThis page is bound in Volume IV (11.1.2.D).
Label Text:The Stark Museum of Art’s set of The Birds of America is unique. This set belonged to the artist. It is bound in five volumes rather than the usual four; it has the birds arranged systematically (rather than as issued); and it contains thirteen additional composite plates, where Audubon made corrections. Only one other set of The Birds includes all thirteen composite plates. The volume is open to the Wood Ibis, today called the Wood Stork. Audubon depicted the bird by the “dark-watered bayou.” The background of “cane-brake, cypress-swamp and tangled wood” made a romantic setting for the dramatic bird
Provenance: Artist; by inheritance to his son John Woodhouse Audubon [1812-1862]; purchased December 7, 1861 by John Taylor Johnston [1]; by inheritance to his son John Herbert Johnston as of 1893; by inheritance to his grandson William W. Appleton [1915-2014]. as of November 26, 1939 (Harry A. Levinson, The Chaucer Head Book Shop, New York) [2]; purchased 1939 by Cornelius D. Ehret, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; purchased April 29, 1954 through (Nada Kramar, Washington, D.C.) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; ½ interest bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation [3]; remaining ½ interest gifted February 1, 1973 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation by Nelda C. Stark [1909-1999]; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | 1. See letter and bill of sale from John Woodhouse Audubon to John Taylor Johnston (object number 11.2.105.A-C) | 2. The New York Times Book Review, "Notes on Rare Books," November 26, 1939. | 3. Owned jointly by H.J. Lutcher Stark and Nelda C. Stark until his death at which point his ½ interest was bequeathed to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.
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