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John James Audubon
19th c. Early American Painter
John James Audubon was born April 26, 1785 in Haiti, in the West Indies. He was a celebrated ornithologist and artist, and the son of Capt. Jean Audubon and a Creole woman named Rabin. Audubon was later legally adopted in France by his father and his father's legal wife, Anne Moynet Audubon. From 1804 to 1805 Audubon was in America, and he was in France in 1806, where he received drawing instruction from Louis David. In 1807 he returned to America and travelled extensively in the U.S. and Canada, making notes and drawings for his "Birds of North America" and "Quadrupeds of North America" which attained great popularity in England. Audubon died January 27, 1851, in New York City.
Dict. Amer. biog.; Fielding's Amer. ptrs.; Havlice, Idx. art. bio.; Mallett's idx. artists; RILA/BHA; Thieme-Becker; Oxford Dictionary of Art.