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AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851).
American Robin, Plate 131.
Aquatint engraving with original hand color.
London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838.
38 3/8” x 25 5/8” sheet.
Comparable: Sotheby's , 2007 - $30,000.
The American Robin is the official state bird of Connecticut.
"Whenever the sun shines warmly over the earth, the old males tune their pipe, and enliven the neighbourhood with their song. The young also begin to sing; and, before they depart for the east, they have all become musical. By the 10th of April, the Robins have reached the Middle Districts; the blossoms of the dogwood are then peeping forth in every part of the budding woods; the fragrant sassafras, the red flowers of the maple, and hundreds of other plants, have already banished the dismal appearance of winter. The snows are all melting away, and nature again, in all the beauty of spring, promises happiness and abundance to the whole animal creation. Then it is that the Robin, perched on a fence-stake, or the top of some detached tree of the field, gives vent to the warmth of his passion. His lays are modest, lively, and ofttimes of considerable power; and although his song cannot be compared with that of the Thrasher, its vivacity and simplicity never fail to fill the breast of the listener with pleasing sensations. Every one knows the Robin and his song. Excepting in the shooting season, he is cherished by old and young, and is protected by all with anxious care." - Audubon's Ornithological Biography.

Starting Bid

$20,000

Buyer's Premium

  • 30%

Audubon Aquatint American Robin

Estimate $25,000 - $35,000
1d
17h
21m
40s
$20,0000 bids
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