Lithograph with hand coloring from the Imperial folio quadrupeds series circa 1846, plate number 85, depicting the species Meriones americanus, Barton (the jumping mouse), by the important American naturalist artist and lithographer JOHN JAMES AUDUBON (1785-1851). Audubon was assisted by his son John Woodhouse Audubon, and the printing was by J. T. Bowen of Philadelphia. The creator of this print hardly needs introduction, seeing as that he is considered one of the foremost naturalist illustrators of all time, best known for his detailed observations and drawings of birds. The drawings were later turned into a glorious series of lithographs, some of which bring to six figures (and the amazingly detailed prized original drawings can bring millions). Audubon issued the series of mammalian quadrupeds prints in various sizes. The present, large size print is guaranteed to be the 19th century original edition, not a later reprint. It measures 19 1/2" by 25" inside the present mat, (28 3/4" by 33 3/4" as framed). Audubon's larger prints are much less commonly seen than the small octavo editions. This example is in good condition. I see only a couple of small foxing spots, and note a browned area at extreme bottom center, below the text. There is a ripple at top edge so I believe this is NOT laid down (not examined outside the frame). Allow for reflections in a number of images. **SEE a number of other Audubon originals in my shop**.
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