AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851).
American Snipe, Plate 243.
Aquatint engraving with original hand color.
London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838.
25 3/4” x 37 1/4” sheet, 29” x 39” framed.
Comparable: Christie's, 2004 - $19,120; Arader Galleries, 2019 - $11,250.
If all around is quiet, you see it move in its ordinary manner, walking lightly, and with some grace, its bill half inclined downwards, in search of a good spot to probe for food. The instant it meets with this it sets to work, and thrusts its bill into the mud or the damp soil, to a depth determined by the degree of softness of the ground, repeating its thrusts eight, ten, or more times in quick succession. When it has thus examined a spot, and perhaps found some food, it walks off in search of another, and thus continues until it is satisfied, when it generally lays itself down in a soft tuft of grass until the approach of night, when it flies off and rambles about for exercise in comparative security.