"Willow Grous or Large Ptarmigan, Tetrao Saliceti", Audubon, J. J.
Subject: Prints - Birds
Period: 1971-72 (published)
Publication: The Birds of America (Amsterdam Edition)
Color: Printed Color
34 x 24 inches
86.4 x 61 cm
This is Plate CXCI (191) from the double-elephant folio Amsterdam edition of Audubon’s great work on American ornithology. The Audubon Amsterdam Edition was the first complete reproduction of John James Audubon’s original (1826-38) Birds of America Havell Edition. The reproductions were produced using color offset lithography and printed on watermarked 100% cotton rag acid-free paper. Only 250 complete sets of this limited edition were produced. This lovely engraving depicts a male, a female and seven chicks, with surrounding vegetation including Beach-Pea, Roseroot and Labrador Tea. Audubon painted this scene between July 5-8, 1833 during his trip to Labrador. As was common in the mid-1800s in certain locations, Audubon referred to these birds as both Grouse and Ptarmigans. The full sheet measures 39-1/4 x 26-3/8". Watermark reads "G. Schut & Zonen [JR Monogram] Audubon [OT Monogram]."
References: Low, Susanne, p. 118.