Blue Green Warbler
Blue Green Warbler


Blue Green Warbler
John James Audubon, 1828
AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851), after. – HAVELL, Robert (1793-1878).

Blue-Green Warbler (Plate 49)
Sylvia Rara

Variant 1. Drawn in the summer of 1821, Audubon did not recognize this lovely female bird as a Cerulean Warbler and followed Wilson's identification of the Blue-Green Warbler. "Audubon commented on how strongly this bird resembled the young of the Cerulean and, were it not for the form of the bill and some of its habits, he would be tempted to regard it as a variety of the Cerulean. Nonetheless, what he and Wilson had was actually a female Cerulean, and neither a 'variety' nor a separate species" (Low, p. 57).

Engraving with hand-coloring, etching, and aquatint, dated 1828, on watermarked J Whatman paper, with margins. Plate size 496 x 310 mm (960 x 829 mm sheet). (An extremely pale dampstain within image and on right edge, light edge-soiling and wrinkling.) Matted and framed.

Brought to you by

Christina Geiger
Christina Geiger Head of Department

Related Articles

View all
What I’ve learned: Thomas Venn auction at Christies
Bound for glory: 10 landmark b auction at Christies
The best exhibitions of summer auction at Christies

More from The Private Collection of William S. Reese: Part Two

View All
View All