June 21, 2001 |
T he great 19th century artist John James Audubon is best known for his detailed portraits of birds featured in his seminal book, "The Birds of America." But the artist-naturalist, who lived from 1785 until 1851, also published a series of illustrations of four-legged mammals of North America, "The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America." The story of this publication is the subject of "John James Audubon in the West: The Last Expedition, Mammals of North America," Sunday through Sept.
December 31, 2004 |
As a child growing up in Cincinnati in the 1930s, John Ruthven would sit on the banks of the Ohio River sketching wildlife and imagining journeys with famed naturalist John James Audubon. Today, the 80-year-old artist is a National Medal of Arts recipient. "It was the crowning moment for what I have tried to accomplish with my work," Ruthven says of the honor he received in November from President Bush. Ruthven, often called by peers and fans a "20th century Audubon," began his career illustrating containers of Play-Doh.
December 11, 2010 |
We are told with numbing regularity these days that "print is dead" and that the Digital Age soon will sweep the bound, mass-produced book into history's bin of extinct curiosities alongside species once similarly numerous, like the woolly mammoth and the passenger pigeon. We will receive our wisdom, information and literary entertainment not from printed pages but in recovered pulses of code. This is to be the e-book epoch, the era of the Kindle. What does it signify, then, that in London this week, an auction at Sotheby's achieved a record price for a printed book ?
December 8, 2010
' Naturalist John James Audubon's "Birds of America" sold at auction in London on Tuesday for $10 million, making it the world's most expensive book. FOR THE RECORD: "Birds of America": A Quick Takes item in the Dec. 8 Calendar section said that a rare edition of John James Audubon's "Birds of America" had been sold at auction for $10 million, making it the world's most expensive book. That figure excluded the buyer's premium, which was added later and brought the price to $11,567,575.
April 29, 2012 |
As a little girl in Ohio in the mid-1800s, Genevieve "Gennie" Jones would accompany her country doctor father in his buggy as he visited patients. Along the way they'd discuss the natural world, which turned into a lifelong passion. Then in 1876, consumed with heartache from a broken engagement, Jones traveled to the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Here she viewed John James Audubon's masterpiece, "Birds of America. " Inspired by the beautiful watercolor drawings, she returned home with a new sense of purpose, determined to create a companion book illustrating birds' nests and eggs.