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Audubon's Elephant: The story of John James Audubon's epic struggle to publish The Birds of America By Duff Hart-Davis

Audubon's Elephant: The story of John James Audubon's epic struggle to publish The Birds of America
by Duff Hart-Davis

Drawing on Audubon's journals, letters to his wife and the archives of the families with whom he stayed and worked, this book seeks to recreate Audubon's 12 years in Britain in search of patrons and publishers. It is the story of an obsessive genius and his observations of people, places and events in early 19th century England and Scotland.

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Audubon's Elephant: The story of John James Audubon's epic struggle to publish The Birds of America Summary


Illegitimate, half-French, half-American, poorly educated, chronically short of money and obsessed with birds, Audubon came to England in 1826 to find a publisher for his extraordinary paintings. He insisted that they must be reproduced on double-elephant folio paper - sheets almost 40 inches by 30 - so that even the largest species could be represented life size, and no-one in America had been prepared to tackle such a gigantic task. With his dramatic good looks and flamboyant Woodsman's clothes he attracted attention wherever he went. Drawing on Audubon's journals, letters to his wife and the archives of the families with whom he stayed and worked, Duff Hart-Davis recreates Audubon's twelve years in Britain in search of patrons and publishers. It is an extraordinary story of an obsessive genius and his observations of people, places and events in early nineteenth-century England and Scotland.

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Audubon's Elephant: The story of John James Audubon's epic struggle to publish The Birds of America
Duff Hart-Davis
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Orion Publishing Co
2003-09-11
192
029782967X
9780297829676
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