Dating audubon prints

06-Feb-2020 01:37

Born Jean Rabin on April 26, 1785 in Les Cayes, Santo Domingo (present-day Haiti), he was the illegitimate son of a French merchant and his Creole maid.

“I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could,” he once said.The first was rendered by Englishman Mark Catesby circa 1739, the second by Scottish-American polymath Alexander Wilson and dating to 1808–12, and the last by Audubon, finished in 1826.