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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

n.d. Joseph Bartholomew Kidd Born: Edinburgh, Scotland Died: Greenwich, England 1889 Copy after John James Audubon Born: Les Cayes, Haiti 1785 Died: New York, New York 1851 oil on canvas 26 1/4 x 20 3/4 in. (66.8 x 52.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the U. S. National Museum 1953.3.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Around 1830, John James Audubon commissioned the Scottish artist Joseph Bartholomew Kidd to copy many of his paintings of birds. Audubon hoped to use these paintings in a natural history gallery that would tour England. The project was never completed, however, in part because Kidd took too long to finish the work. In this painting, Kidd directly copied the four birds on a branch from the original illustration, then added a landscape to the background to create an “embellished” painting for Audubon’s proposed exhibition.

Keywords

Animal - bird - grosbeak

Landscape - plain

Landscape - tree - pine tree

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Joseph Bartholomew Kidd

Born: Edinburgh, Scotland Died: Greenwich, England 1889

About Copy after John James Audubon

Born: Les Cayes, Haiti 1785 Died: New York, New York 1851