Flora: Dogwood, Cornus florida
Print size: 26 1/4" x 39 1/4"; image size: 12" x 18 1/2"
Princeton Audubon Limited Edition - produced 1985 Based on a composition painted on April 21, 1822. Joseph Mason worked on the background."This bird is my greatest favourite of the feathered tribes of our woods. To it I owe much," Audubon wrote, and added a lengthy sentence of explication. "How often has it revived my drooping spirits, when I have listened to its wild notes in the forest, after passing a restless night in my slender shed, so feebly secured against the violence of the storm, as to show me the futility of my best efforts to rekindle my little fire, whose uncertain and vacillating light had gradually died away under the destructive weight of the dense torrents of rain that seemed to involve the heavens and the earth in one mass of fearful murkiness,..." He concluded, "...how fervently...have I blessed the Being who formed the Wood Thrush, and placed it in those solitary forests..."The most familiar of our spotted, woods-dwelling brown thrushes, and the only one that frequently makes his home near human habitations, surely the wood thrush has one of the clearest and sweetest songs ever to float from a woodland edge on a summer day. Thoreau wrote of it: "Whenever a man hears it he is young, and Nature is in her spring;..."EHJ
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.