Authors/Contributors

Walter Sutton

Document Type

Article

Date

Fall 1989

Embargo Period

3-29-2011

Keywords

Syracuse University Special Collections, John James Audubon, ornithology, birds, Birds of America

Language

English

Disciplines

American Art and Architecture | American Studies | Poultry or Avian Science

Description/Abstract

This article highlights some of the works of the legendary work of John James Audubon, drawn from the collection located in Syracuse University's Special Collections. The author gives special attention to the 1820-21 journal of his voyage down the Ohio and Mississippi (which has been preserved intact), the English and Scottish journal of 1826 (also in its original form), and the descriptive sketches of early pioneer life in the Ornithological Biography. These early journal sources dramatically reveal, at first hand, Audubon's long struggle through many failures and obstacles to win the success and recognition he craved and also enduring status as a distinctively American artist.

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