John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature

Bird Illustration Gallery

An exhibition of bird illustrations by John James Audubon.

John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature

Career Timeline

1785 Born in Les Cayes, Saint-Domingue (later Haiti) to Captain Jean Audubon and Jeanne Rabine, his French chambermaid 1788 Sent to Nantes, France. Enjoys childhood here, begins interest in the natural world 1803 Leaves France for the United States to avoid conscription in Napoleon’s army. Moves to Mill Grove, his father’s estate in Pennsylvania 1804 […]

John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature

Drawn from Nature

John James Audubon is best known for The Birds of America, a book of 435 images, portraits of every bird then known in the United States – painted and reproduced in the size of life. Its creation cost Audubon eighteen years of monumental effort in finding the birds, making the book, and selling it to […]