American Crow Art Print by John James Audubon

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SKU: 156 audubon

An archival premium Quality art Print of the American Crow by John James Audubon for sale by Brandywine General Store. The artwork was for his ornithology book The Birds of America published between 1827 to 1838, this bird was plate number or picture #156 in the first Havell edition of the book. Audubon features the crow setting in a walnut tree full of nuts, with a hummingbird nest below the crow.

Corvus Americanus - Audubon describes the walnut as being a great tree with its lumber being used for furniture and ship building, the boards being able to resist the effects of weather for years, the nuts being very edible but to oily for Mr. Audubon and where ever the walnut tree is found you could count on the ground being of good quality. He says the following about the American Crow " The Crow is an extremely shy bird, having found familiarity with man no way to his advantage. He is also cunning--at least he is so called, because he takes care of himself and his brood. The state of anxiety, I may say of terror, in which he is constantly kept, would be enough to spoil the temper of any creature. Almost every person has an antipathy to him, and scarcely one of his race would be left in the land, did he not employ all his ingenuity, and take advantage of all his experience, in counteracting the evil machinations of his enemies. Wherever within the Union the laws encourage the destruction of this species, it is shot in great numbers for the sake of the premium offered for each Crow's head. You will perhaps be surprised, reader, when I tell you that in one single State, in the course of a season, 40,000 were shot, besides the multitudes of young birds killed in their nests. Must I add to this slaughter other thousands destroyed by the base artifice of laying poisoned grain along the fields to tempt these poor birds? Yes, I will tell you of all this too.

The natural feelings of every one who admires the bounty of Nature in providing abundantly for the subsistence of all her creatures, prompt me to do so. Like yourself, I admire all her wonderful works, and respect her wise intentions, even when her laws are far beyond our limited comprehension. The Crow devours myriads of grubs every day of the year, that might lay waste the farmer's fields; it destroys quadrupeds innumerable, every one of which is an enemy to his poultry and his flocks. Why then should the farmer be so ungrateful, when he sees such services rendered to him by a providential friend, as to persecute that friend even to the death? The American Crow is common in all parts of the United States. It becomes gregarious immediately after the breeding season, when it forms flocks sometimes containing hundreds, or even thousands. Towards autumn, the individuals bred in the Eastern Districts almost all remove to the Southern States, where they spend the winter in vast numbers..." Audubon bird print #156

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