Audubon's Elephant

Audubon s Elephant Illegitimate half French half American poorly educated chronically short of money and obsessed with birds Audubon came to England in to find a publisher for his extraordinary paintings He in

  • Title: Audubon's Elephant
  • Author: Duff Hart-Davis
  • ISBN: 9780297829676
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Illegitimate, half French, half American, poorly educated, chronically short of money and obsessed with birds, Audubon came to England in 1826 to find a publisher for his extraordinary paintings He insisted that they must be reproduced on double elephant folio paper sheets almost 40 inches by 30 so that even the largest species could be represented life size, and no oIllegitimate, half French, half American, poorly educated, chronically short of money and obsessed with birds, Audubon came to England in 1826 to find a publisher for his extraordinary paintings He insisted that they must be reproduced on double elephant folio paper sheets almost 40 inches by 30 so that even the largest species could be represented life size, and no one in America had been prepared to tackle such a gigantic task With his dramatic good looks and flamboyant Woodsman s clothes he attracted attention wherever he went Drawing on Audubon s journals, letters to his wife and the archives of the families with whom he stayed and worked, Duff Hart Davis recreates Audubon s 12 years in Britain in search of patrons and publishers It is a story of an obsessive genius and his observations of people, places and events in early 19th century England and Scotland.

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    1. I was intrigued by the title of this book when I came across it in a second hand book shop a couple of years ago.i had never heard of Audubon or his life's work until I read this. Shortly after finishing a copy of Audubon's Birds of America sold for an enormous amount. The book tells his own extra-ordinary story and struggles to secure a publisher. Well worth reading.

    2. I had not read anything about John James Audubon's life until I read this book, and I was shocked to learn that he killed the birds that he painted. Thinking about it, though, it shouldn't have surprised me. People had different sentiments and beliefs toward animals and birds back then (although, of course, many people still hunt and kill for no good reason except "sport"). Audubon's reason for killing was to draw and paint the birds he saw accurately and vividly. [return][return]It took me a wh [...]

    3. Audubon's Elephant gives a goodover­all feel of what Audubon was like. It brings to life his strug­gle in get­ting his work accepted by ornithol­o­gists, his art recog­nised for its qual­ity, and finally sub­scrip­tions for his book. Duff Hart-Davis’s research and objec­tive com­pi­la­tion leaves lit­tle desire to read another biog­ra­phy of Audubon. In con­clu­sion, if you were to read one book about Audubon, I sug­gest it be this one. You can read my full review at jungleb [...]

    4. Fascinating glimpse into the working life of John James Audubon. I read it to fill out some information on the artist, since my son and I studied his style and work on birds, but came to be inspired by his artistic nature and relentless pursuit of his goals. What a character--one worth knowing about

    5. A history of the convoluted path from John James Audubon’s passion for painting birds to the publication of his famous Birds of America. Any complaining author should read this and then shut up.

    6. Very interesting story of Audubon's life and absolute possession to draw and paint all the birds of North America and then sell his books first as "installments" to wealthy patrons in England and France.

    7. I found Audubon to be quite a different man and more interesting than I had expected -- but the weak writing style of this biography prevented actual enjoyment of the reading.

    8. A fascinating and inspiring treatment of J.J. Audubon's tireless effort to create and sell his masterful work, "The Birds of America"

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