Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Wild Turkey



This 1858 Bien Edition Lithograph of The Wild Turkey was one of my favorite pieces in the Audubon exhibit now on display at the Museum of Florida History. Audubon drew and painted the wild turkey quite often and chose this life sized engraving to be Plate 1 in The Birds of America. He studied turkeys extensively since he hunted and raised them for food. He also kept a tame turkey as a pet. I apologize for the reflections showing up in the glass of the frames in these pictures. I really tried to minimize those reflections as much as possible.

12 comments:

biebkriebels said...

I always think they are so ugly to see with that hanging flesh under the head. You better can see them on a painting.

Cezar and Léia said...

1858!It's a treasure!Wonderful lithography!
Léia

Small City Scenes said...

Amazing picture with info too. thanks. MB

Lisa Wilson said...

I like it, too! But I agree with biebkriebels about the fleshy thing. I can't remember what its called.

Halcyon said...

Who can pass up a wild turkey? ;)

Lynette said...

Fantastic, Lois. Thanks for sharing.

JM said...

Beautiful painting of a beautiful bird.

Honest Abe Lincoln said...

Thankfully, Lois, the turkeys have been making something of a comeback in the wild. We don't eat them at Thanksgiving anymore. Most people in our family are just satisfied with a big chicken and or a turkey leg and a chicken.

jennyfreckles said...

He was a masterly painter - amazingly rich colours.

SRQ said...

I grew up with a big Audubon book filled with amazing pictures. I studied it every day. This wild turkey is very reminiscent of that book -- very cool.

Jack said...

Thanks for showing this to us, Lois. Audubon was quite an nature artist.

tine said...

Beautiful coloring of the turkey and foliage. And the bird seems to glance backward apprehensively. Thanks for the explanations.