The Princeton Audubon collection is unique in the world of Audubon art. It is a series of 36 direct- camera facsimile lithographs. The production of these prints began in 1985, using original Havell engravings. By utilizing a technique called “direct transfer,” Princeton publishers were able to create one of the finest and most accurate Audubon reproductions ever accomplished. The printer used up to eleven colors of specially designed inks on very heavy, acid free museum paper which was specially toned to match the average color of original Audubon / Havell copperplate engravings. Princeton Audubon prints are sized at 26¼ by 39¼ inches. Individually pencil numbered and embossed with the Princeton seal denoting authenticity, these outstanding prints are editions of 1,500 and 500.
Thirty-six prints were chosen, but only 34 of them are currently available:
|Plate Number||Image Name|
|15||Blue Yellow-backed Warbler|
|17||Carolina Turtle Dove|
|78||Great Carolina Wren|
|123||Black & Yellow Warbler|
|206||Summer or Wood Duck|
|311||American White Pelican|
|317||Black or Surf Duck|
Princeton also offers reproductions of a very limited number of the Audubon watercolors, used as studies to produce the original copperplates. Some of these contain Audubon’s handwritten instructions to the engravers. These prints measure 16 by 24 inches.
Those prints of watercolors are:
|Great Grey Owl|
Images may be viewed in the Princeton Gallery.