Photos from Florida's Capital City (and occasionally a few from other interesting places I have been fortunate enough to visit in my travels!)
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.
Labels: Audubon exhibit
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I always think they are so ugly to see with that hanging flesh under the head. You better can see them on a painting.
1858!It's a treasure!Wonderful lithography!
Amazing picture with info too. thanks. MB
I like it, too! But I agree with biebkriebels about the fleshy thing. I can't remember what its called.
Who can pass up a wild turkey? ;)
Fantastic, Lois. Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful painting of a beautiful bird.
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.
He was a masterly painter - amazingly rich colours.
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.
Thanks for showing this to us, Lois. Audubon was quite an nature artist.
Beautiful coloring of the turkey and foliage. And the bird seems to glance backward apprehensively. Thanks for the explanations.
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