Birds of a Feather: John Costin and John James Audubon
March 24 - June 24, 2012
Separated by roughly two centuries, John James Audubon and John Costin both produced spectacular portfolios recording the splendor of American birds. This exhibition pairs images of species featured in Costin's Large Florida Birds project with the corresponding work by Audubon. Costin's portfolio is a recent donation to the KIA collection from Brent Garback and Linda Tremblay. The Audubon prints are from the 1971 Theatrum, Orbis Terrarum, Amsterdam, reprint of the original Birds of America publication, and are on loan from Kalamazoo College. The portfolio was a gift to Kalamazoo College's A.M. Todd Rare Book Room collection by Mrs. Merrill Taylor.
Olin & Muriel Prather Charitable Foundation,
Trustee Thomas T. Huff
John James Audubon, Black-bellied Darter (common name: Anhinga), pl. 316, lithograph from the 1971 Theatrum, Orbis Terrarum, Amsterdam, reprint of the original Birds of America publication (1826-38), with engravings by Robert Havell | On loan from Kalamazoo College
John Costin, Anhinga, 1998, hand-colored etching from the Large Florida Birds portfolio | Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Gift of Brent Garback and Linda Tremblay
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