Audubon's Birds of America

Currently off view until April 8, 2020, while the case is being upgraded.

Audubon sought to portray birds as they appeared in nature, showing them in their habitat and drawing them from life as well as from posed specimens. To do so, he needed an enormous page: small birds were often shown in flocks, yet large birds, to fit on the page, were illustrated with folded necks or frontally, rather than from the side.