Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

  • John James Audubon, Joseph Bartholomew Kidd, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, n.d., oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U. S. National Museum, 1953.3.4

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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.

Title
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
Artists
Date
n.d.
On View
Dimensions
26 1/4 x 20 3/4 in. (66.8 x 52.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the U. S. National Museum

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – tree – pine tree
  • Animal – bird – grosbeak
  • Landscape – plain
Object Number
1953.3.4
Palette
Linked Open Data
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