The Mallard Duck , #385 Part 2-1
Hand-finished chromolithograph
Good condition - excellent original color
Archival framing with Museum Glass by Antique Nature Prints
26" x 39"

The Birds of America 1858-1860
Seven years after their father’s death, Audubon’s sons began an American Edition of Birds of America with Julius Bien, a New York printer who was pioneering the field of chromolithography. Bien transferred images from Robert Havell’s copperplates onto lithographic stones. Then, as many as thirty printing stages with additional hand coloring were used to reproduce the subtleties of the original engravings. The Bien Edition was begun in 1858. Production was brought to a sudden halt by the outbreak of Civil War, making the Bien Edition the most rare of all Audubon editions. There is now evidence of a 2nd printing circa 1871.

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