Audubon’s Last Wilderness Journey at JCSM

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Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn Univ
901 South College Street
Auburn, AL 36849

From I-85 take Exit #51 and turn north onto College Street. Continue north on College Street for 2.56 miles. Turn right into the entrance of the museum and follow circular drive around to parking lot. A drop-off point is available at the museum entrance. The museum is handicap accessible.

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Date: January 27th - May 6th, 2018

One of the outstanding pieces in the collection of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is an exceptional edition of the Imperial Folio of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. The three-volume set of the Viviparous Quadrupeds consists of 140 hand-colored lithographic prints produced by J.T. Bowen in Philadelphia between 1845 and 1849. these images were sold by subscription and are based upon the artwork of J.J. Audubon and his son John Woodhouse Audubon, with backgrounds by Audubon's second son, Victor. Unfortunately, J.J. Audubon became ill early into the project, leaving business, artistic and production decisions to his sons. He died in 1851, and though the Quadrupeds folio should be considered a fitting coda to Audubon's genius of integrating art and science, the publication has always been overshadowed by the monumental double-elephant folio of Birds of America that preceded it. Because of the exceptional quality of JCSM's edition of the folio and because of our strong curatorial belief in the significance of this often-overlooked but extraordinary natural history project, the museum has joined with D Giles Limited, of London, United Kingdom, to produce a publication and will present a companion exhibition to re-examine the story of what would become Audubon's last wilderness journey and final artistic enterprise.