Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris
Flora: trumpet-flower or trumpet creeper, Campsis radicans
Print size: 26 1/4" x 39 1/4"; image size: 19 1/2" x 24 1/2"
Princeton Audubon Limited Edition - produced 1985
These birds were probably painted in Louisiana c. 1825.
Hummingbirds, found only in the New World, fascinated Americans and Europeans of Audubon's day. to gratify this widespread curiosity with a number of views of the diminutive ruby-throat, he placed ten of them together, although in nature they are too pugnacious to associate this closely.
He spoke glowingly of this bird of eastern North America: "No sooner has the returned sun again introduced the vernal season, and caused millions of plants to expand their leaves and blossoms to the genial beams, than the little Hummingbird is seen advancing on fairy wings, carefully visiting every opening flower cup." And Frank M. Chapman, in his Handbook of Birds of Eastern North America, wrote, "The Ruby-throat needs no song. Its beauty gives it distinction, and its wings make music."
Princeton Audubon prints are direct-camera facsimile lithographs of the Robert Havell Jr. (1793-1878) engravings for The Birds of America (1827-38). Princeton's Double elephant Folio prints are issued in limited editions of 500 or 1500 prints. All are numbered and have a seal in the bottom margin to demonstrate their authenticity.
Printed on heavy Mohawk paper that is recommended by the Library of Congress for archives, the paper is specially toned to match the average paper color of the antique originals.