John James Audubon's Birds of America ranks among the most majestic of American fine arts, blending the disciplines of ornithology with 2 forms of art - watercolor and print making, and capturing the primitive state of the still young nation vast natural endowment. We are fortunate enough to have one of these prints produced by Robert Havell in 1836.
The artistic stance of this subject, Bonapartian Gulls, commends it as an especially desirable Audubon print for 3 primary reasons: 1. It is vivid and colorful even with its blue grey background which should appeal to both the collector and decorator. 2. The subject matter is active and energetic, showing a bird in flight, swooping over other gulls 3. The size of the birds and image give it impressive stature.
Even with these pluses, we still recommend the print as an entry level Audubon due to the trimming of about 4 1/2" inches of paper. The print is in very good condition for its age, yet paper discoloration, a small fox mark, and removal of backing are scheduled for restoration.
We affirm its authenticity on account of its hand colored decoration and the presence of the Whatman watermark in the upper right hand margin with a date appearing to be 1835.
You cannot go wrong with this print, and we stand behind its authenticity 100%.
Dimensions: 32 1/2" x 24 1/2"