The Havell Edition Oil Painting - John James Audubon

The Havell Edition

John James AudubonItem # 1844842
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  • About Reproduction

    Discover the allure of art with our faithful reproduction of "The Havell Edition", originally brought to life by the talented John James Audubon. Unlike posters or prints, our hand-painted oil painting breathes an unique sense of depth and texture into your space. Every detail, every stroke, and every texture is meticulously recreated, paying the perfect homage to John James Audubon and his artistic vision.

    Owning this piece is more than just decoration - it's a statement of your refined taste in art. Let the vibrant colors and intricate details of this replica serve as a daily reminder of the beauty in our world. Elevate your decor and appreciate the richness of art with our replica of this masterpiece.

  • Painting Description

    The Havell Edition, also known as "The Birds of America," is a monumental work by the renowned naturalist and painter John James Audubon. Published between 1827 and 1838, this series of hand-colored, life-size prints is celebrated for its artistic and scientific significance. Audubon, born in Haiti in 1785 and raised in France, immigrated to the United States where he developed a profound interest in ornithology and natural history. His ambitious project aimed to document and illustrate the avifauna of North America in unprecedented detail and scale.

    The Havell Edition derives its name from Robert Havell Jr., the London-based engraver who played a crucial role in the production of the plates. Audubon initially collaborated with Scottish engraver William Home Lizars, but due to technical difficulties, he shifted his partnership to Havell. The meticulous process involved Audubon creating watercolor paintings of birds in their natural habitats, which were then engraved onto copper plates by Havell. These plates were subsequently hand-colored by a team of artists, ensuring each print was a unique work of art.

    Comprising 435 plates, The Havell Edition features 1,065 individual birds, representing over 700 species. The prints are notable for their large size, known as double elephant folio, measuring approximately 39 by 26 inches. This grand scale allowed Audubon to depict the birds in life-size, capturing intricate details and dynamic poses that conveyed the essence of each species. The work was published in a series of 87 parts, each containing five plates, and sold by subscription to wealthy patrons and institutions.

    The Birds of America is not only a masterpiece of ornithological illustration but also a significant historical document. It reflects the biodiversity of early 19th-century America and Audubon's dedication to the study and conservation of birds. Today, complete sets of The Havell Edition are rare and highly prized by collectors and institutions, with individual plates fetching substantial sums at auction. The work remains a testament to Audubon's artistic genius and his enduring legacy in the fields of art and natural history.

  • Lead Time & Shipping

    When you order this oil painting replica, it typically takes 2-3 weeks to paint. If the artwork is more complex, it might need a little more time to ensure the best quality. Once it's ready, we'll send you a photo for your approval. After you give the green light, we'll ship it to you for free.

  • Return & Refund

    We believe in the quality of our hand-painted oil painting reproductions, and your satisfaction is our priority. If for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, we offer a 45-day return policy. You can return your artwork within 45 days of receipt and receive a full refund. Please note that the artwork must be returned in the original packaging and in the same condition as it was received.

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Each and every piece of our artwork is entirely hand-painted by artists with over a decade of experience. Every painting is infused with a unique personality and an unrivaled value, showcasing art in its rawest and most authentic form just for you.

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We adhere to museum-level standards in our creation. Each piece of work is reproduced using techniques as close as possible to the original, coupled with the finest paints and canvases, making the color, structure, and texture of every replica as similar as possible to the original.

Top-level materials

We insist on choosing the best quality paints and canvases from around the world. These selected materials not only offer unparalleled color saturation and durability, but also ensure that the reproductions can withstand the test of time. Only the finest materials can replicate the most authentic artworks possible.

Online proofing

We offer online proofing services, allowing you to be hands-on with every step of the artistic journey. You can personally review and suggest tweaks, and we'll meticulously fine-tune every detail until it aligns with your vision to the tee.

Frequently asked questions

  • How similar are your oil painting reproductions to the original artworks?

    We pride ourselves on achieving a high level of accuracy in our reproductions. While it's nearly impossible to replicate an artwork 100%, our skilled artists ensure that our reproductions capture the essence, texture, and colors of the original as closely as possible.
  • Can I customize a specific artwork that's not in your catalog?

    Absolutely! We offer custom painting services. If there's a specific artwork or portrait you'd like, simply provide us with the details or an image, and our artists will recreate it for you.
  • If I want to modify certain parts of an existing artwork (like colors or size), is it possible?

    Yes, we offer modification services. Just let us know your preferences, and our artists will make the necessary adjustments to meet your requirements.
  • How should I display my oil painting reproduction to achieve the best effect?

    For the best visual impact, hang your painting at eye level in a well-lit area, preferably with indirect natural light or soft artificial lighting. Avoid direct sunlight and high humidity areas to protect the artwork.
  • Can I see a draft of the artwork before it's finished?

    Yes, we offer online proofing services. Once the initial draft is ready, we'll send you a preview. You can provide feedback, and our artists will make adjustments accordingly.
  • How do I clean and maintain my oil painting reproduction?

    Gently dust the painting with a soft brush or lint-free cloth. Avoid using chemicals or water. If the painting requires deeper cleaning, consult a professional.