A Museum Quality Print of the Canada Goose by John James Audubon showing a male and female pair of this species of geese. The hen looks like she is on a nest while the male is outside the nest honking while guarding the hen and nest. All in a grassy probably wet area. The Canadian Geese were picture or plate number 201 in the first Havell edition of the great ornithology book, The Birds of America which was published in the first third of the 19th century. These water birds were the first birds portrayed in the 3rd volume of this large tome.
Anser Canadensis - Mr. Audubon describes the Canada Goose thus "Although the Canada Goose is considered as a northern species, the number of individuals that remain at all seasons in the milder latitudes, and in different portions of the United States, fully entitles this bird to be looked upon as a permanent resident there. It is found to breed sparingly at the present day, by many of the lakes, lagoons, and large streams of our Western Districts, on the Missouri, the Mississippi, the lower parts of the Ohio, on Lake Erie, the lakes farther north, and in several large pools situated in the interior of the eastern parts of the States of Massachusetts and Maine. As you advance farther toward the east and north, you find it breeding more abundantly. While on my way to Labrador, I found it in the Magdeleine Islands, early in June, sitting on its eggs. In the Island of Anticosti there is a considerable stream, near the borders of which great numbers are said to be annually reared; and in Labrador these birds breed in every suitable marshy plain. The greater number of those which visit us from still more northern regions, return in the vernal season, like many other species, to the dismal countries which gave them birth. In the Southern and Western States, the enemies of the Canada Goose are, by water, the alligator, the garish, and the turtle; and on land, the cougar, the lynx, and the racoon. While in the air, they are liable to be attacked by the White-headed Eagle. It is a very hardy bird, and individuals have been kept in a state of captivity or domestication for upwards of forty years. Every portion of it is useful to man, for besides the value of the flesh as an article of food, the feathers, the quills, and the fat, are held in request. The eggs also afford very good eating..." . I have added the blue sky, for some reason Mr Audubon did not use much blue in the colors of his bird prints, or else the blue colorings have faded over the past almost two centuries.
At Fine Art Prints of Distinction we painstakingly repair the original files of these old paintings and print them using premium quality inks and paper. The end result is a beautiful, archival reproduction print that will last in your home for generations and at a low cost so anyone can now have great artworks hanging in their home or business. Brandywine General Store is proud to offer for sale a Premium Fine Art Print made from the Ornithology painting entitled the Canada Goose by John James Audubon.
Inventory #201 - Fine Art Prints of the Audubon Birds