Olive Sided Flycatcher Art Print by John James Audubon

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A Museum Quality print of the Olive Sided Flycatcher by John James Audubon showing a male and female pair of this species setting in a balsam fir tree with pine cones all around them. In later editions of this book, the bird is labeled as the Cooper's Flycatcher. In the first Havell edition of Birds of America this small vireo songbird is plate or picture number 174, the lower right corner states that this was engraved, printed and colored by R. Havell, London in 1833.

Muscicapa Inornata - Mr. Audubon describes the Olive Sided Flycatcher or Cooper's Flycatcher thus "It is difficult, for me at least, to understand how we should now have in the United States so many birds which, not more than twenty years ago, were nowhere to be found in our country. Of these new-comers the Olive-sided Flycatcher is one, and one, too, whose size and song render it very conspicuous among its kindred. On the 8th of August, 1832, while walking out from Boston towards the country seat of the Honourable THOMAS H. PERKINS, along with my friend NUTTALL, we were suddenly saluted with the note of this bird. As I had never seen it, I leaped over the fence beside us, and cautiously approached the tree on which a male was perched and singing. Desiring my friend to go in search of a gun, I watched the motions of the devoted bird. He returned with a large musket, a cow's horn filled with powder, and a handful of shot nearly as large as peas; but, just as I commenced charging this curious piece, I discovered that it was flintless! We were nearly a mile distant from Mr. Perkins house, but as we were resolved to have the bird, we proceeded to it with all despatch, procured a gun, and returning to the tree, found the Flycatcher, examined its flight and manners for awhile, and at length shot it. As the representative of a species, I made a drawing of this individual, which you will find copied in the plate indicated above...."

He also gives a fairly lengthy description of the Balsam Fir Tree as follows " This beautiful fir is abundant in the State of Maine, where I made a drawing of the twig before you. It grows on elevated rocky ground, often near streams or rivers. Its general form is conical, the lower branches coming off horizontally near the ground, and the succeeding ones becoming gradually more oblique, until the uppermost are nearly erect. The leaves and cones become so resinous in autumn, that, in climbing one of these trees, a person is besmeared with the excreted juice, which is then white, transparent, and almost fluid. It is abundant in the British provinces, the Northern States, and in the higher parts of the Allegheny Mountains. The height does not exceed fifty feet. The bark is smooth, the wood light and resinous. The resin is collected and sold under the names of Balm of Gilead and Canada Balsam".

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 Olive Sided Flycatcher by John James Audubon.

Inventory #174 - Fine Art Prints of the Audubon Birds

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