There’s Something About Birds

The Art Scene
John James Audubon’s Common American Swan. Hand-colored engraving with etching and aquatint by R. Havell from The Shelburne Museum collection.

A collection of more than 30 hand-colored prints taken from John James Audubon’s masterwork “The Birds of America” are on view at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.

Here in the museum’s spacious galleries are Audubon’s audacious, life-sized portraits of birds, created over a 13-year period with the help of many friends, above all his wife, Lucy, and the brilliant British engraver Robert Havell Jr., on the largest paper available at the time, “double elephant” size.

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