This touring exhibition is a unique opportunity to display a selection of National Museums Scotland’s collection of prints from Audubon’s remarkable masterpiece The Birds of America.

Available to hire from 2022.

John James Audubon (1785–1851) was the most influential ornithological artist of the 19th century, revolutionising natural history art. His unique illustrations for The Birds of America make it one of the most famous and spectacular rare books in the world. The Birds of America contains stunning hand-coloured and life-size prints of birds from North America, presented on double elephant folio paper. They were published over an 11 year period (1827–38) with the first ten plates engraved in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The exhibition will also include material connected to Audubon to tell the story of how The Birds of America project was realised, putting it into context with his predecessors and contemporaries. It will also consider the birds he studied and his influence on wildlife art and conservation.

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